Eagles keen to end Magpies win streak

A Grade

KALANGADOO V HATHERLEIGH

Kalangadoo and Hatherleigh will meet again in the top grade with an eye towards the big prize.

The Magpies have been amazing not dropping a game all season, while the Eagles recruited well in the off season and have a good mix of experience and youth. Kalangadoo has the bragging rights, but only the slim four-goal margin.

The Magpies have a world of finals experience with their goalie combination of Melissa Russell and Abbey Duncan both making the 2021 MSENA Team of the Year.

Through the middle they have many options such as coach Jayde Peacock and Jane Auld, while the defence line of Chloe Pratt, Mikaila Pitt and Chelsea Croser have been nothing short of brilliant.

For Hatherleigh, the goalie combination is strong.

Keston Green returned to the game this year after a couple of years off and her experience will prove invaluable on Saturday.

She teams well with youngster Lacey Haines who is a speedy and accurate goalie.

Tegan Merrett (pictured below) made the move from Port MacDonnell to Hatherleigh this year and took on the co-coaching role and has gelled brilliantly with Sarah Faulkner. The Eagles’ defence line in young Lara McGregor, Maddie Pulmer, Sarah Broadhead and Maddie Redman are all incredibly talented netballers with a mix of speed, experience, strong and smart netball between them.

There are many reasons to be excited with fantastic match ups, experience and up and coming talent on the court. Accuracy will be important to the outcome of this game.

A Reserve
KALANGADOO V GLENCOE

The A Reserve second semi-final puts Kalangadoo and Glencoe alongside each other.

The Magpies have been the stand-out team of the competition and have showed their versatility with positional changes from time to time.

Reanna Wetherill only played half the season before becoming pregnant, Jamie Ryan has only been on board for the second half of the year due to injury and Anthea Paterson should line up after having two separate injuries. Ebony McDiarmid has missed some games due to work commitments, but still played enough brilliant netball to earn the league Best and Fairest, polling a big 28 votes.

For Glencoe, the defence line is a young duo, Tameka Medhurst and Chloe Pfitzner, who are well supported by April VonDuve and Jess Gosden on the circle.

When the teams have met through the season, it’s been Kalangadoo with the wins, but the most recent encounter was decided by just three goals.

B Grade

KALANGADOO V GLENCOE

Kalangadoo and Glencoe met only two weeks ago and the former came away with a nine-goal win.

Magpies’ goalies in Gina Gogel and Isobel Giddings were important players and will be relied upon again to get the job done against a tough Murphies’ defence.

Through the middle for Kalangadoo will be Jessica Blackmore and Jolie Crowhurst and both these players give their all.

Glencoe is boosted by the return of Hayley Greenfield who has missed the last few weeks due to injury.

She will be welcomed back into the attack line-up, alongside Zoe Parham-Hawke and Chloe Watson.

Watson has been in outstanding form all season, taking out the league best and fairest award polling 19 votes, while the Murphies have plenty of depth in their goal circle, with Kayla Medhurst, Abbie Cocks and Bianca Easterbrook all very capable players. This should be a close encounter, with both teams needing to settle quickly to get the jump.

B Reserve

HATHERLEIGH V KALANGADOO

Hatherleigh finished on top of the B Reserve ladder, but only a whisker ahead of Kalangadoo.

The Eagles have a good mix of experience and youth led by Staci Faulkner, a very determined and consistent player in the midcourt.

The Magpies won their only encounter earlier this year by 24 goals, but since then they lost Abby Hartland with a season-ending injury. Lisa Ilsley has come into the team to cover this position, while the side boasts a strong goalie combination in Rhianna May and Jodi Greenwood.

This will be a great spectacle.

17 & Under

HATHERLEIGH V KALANGADOO

The oldest junior contest between Hatherleigh and Kalangadoo could be the best.

The Eagles finished just ahead of the Magpies at the end of the minor rounds after both teams enjoyed successful seasons.

Hatherleigh has talent from one end of the court to the other and their goalies are certainly a strong and dangerous combination.

Dakota Hateley drives the base line hard and teams up with league best and fairest Lacey Haines who has had a stellar season.

Kalangadoo also has a wealth of talent and experience on court with a versatile team that can play a variety of positions.

Sophie Wrightson is strong through the middle for the Magpies, providing incredible drive.

The teams have only met once this year and it was Hatherleigh by seven goals, but the teams have improved and grown since then.

15 & Under

MOUNT BURR V HATHERLEIGH

Mount Burr and Hatherleigh open the schedule in the Under 15’s.

The Mozzies secured top spot at the end of the minor rounds and are quite a tall side mixed with some speed and agility.

Abbey Falting will be a player to watch, she plays a floating GD and will pick off balls from her unsuspecting opposition. The Eagles also boast some serious talent and Bella Poulish is dangerous, shooting with high accuracy and is also a fantastic rebounder should she need a second shot.

Mount Burr leads the head to head, having an easy win in their first match but only got up by a goal the last time they met.

Finals are a different ball game and it should be a great contest.

13 & Under

KALANGADOO V HATHERLEIGH

In the youngest battle of the day, Kalangadoo takes on Hatherleigh. The Magpies are the favourites after an undefeated campaign where no team came close.

Chloe Peacock has had an outstanding season, winning the 15 and Under Best and Fairest award while still being eligible and playing in this 13’s team.

Likewise, Tegan Lythgo and Shayden Russell are dangerous players. They are the next generation of brilliance coming through for the Magpies Hatherleigh have finished in 2nd position and also have some incredible young players.

Kalli Nettle won the league best and fairest, polling 30 votes after an outstanding season.

Nettle is a creative player who can play anywhere on court, while Alex Haines will be another player to watch.

The teams have only met once this season and it was Kalangadoo victorious by over 20 goals, so it is hard to see anyone getting close to the Magpies this year.

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