Glencoe and Mount Burr took to the court in warm conditions for a thrilling second round of Mid South Eastern netball on Saturday.
The Mozzies started the game as a more settled side and found Ebony Clark with ease under the post. Strong defensive pressure from Madi Haggett and Olivia Dean allowed Mount Burr to take an early three-goal lead in the opening minutes.
But the Murphies fought back through a lift in defensive effort to close the quarter at 13 goals apiece.
Glencoe’s shooters Jenna Paproth and Malinda Markiewicz were forced to work overtime to find space in a highly contested goal circle.
Mount Burr’s Laura Schultz drove strong in attack and continued to find the focal point of Clark as the game continued goal for goal, with scores still level heading into half time.
Both teams came out hungry after the break and Markiewicz had a dominant third term scoring eight of Glencoe’s 11 goals.
The Murphies looked set to break away with Edwards and Chantelle Cocks creating plenty of turnover ball but they were unable to extend their lead past a two goal buffer.
The Mozzies settled late in the quarter and took advantage of a rattled Glencoe side to go up by one goal leading into the final break.
Glencoe came out strong in the final quarter, with the outside defensive pressure of Chloe Pfitzner and Donna Jaeschke causing a turnover off the Mozzies opening centre pass.
Unfazed, Clark continued her form shooting at 100% for the quarter, while some timely rebounds from Haggett and Dean kept the Mozzies right in the contest.
Glencoe held a two-goal lead for majority of the final quarter but in fitting form, Clark sunk a long-range goal just before the final whistle to get the Mozzies over the line by a single goal.
Hatherleigh hosted Nangwarry in its first home game for the season and strong defensive pressure allowed the hosts to score the first two goals.
Tegan Telfer returned after a week off and combined well with Georgia Hunter in the attacking line.
The Saints continued to work hard to create space but the Eagles’ defence worked overtime turning over the ball to extend their lead going into the first break.
In warm conditions both sides make changes at every break, the combination of Demi Vanderhorst and Maddie Redman worked well.
Nangwarry stepped up its defensive pressure and Hayley Burner was strong for her side all day.
Chelsea Galpin was in everything all day and the defence was outstanding not allowing any easy balls in.
Nangwarry put out its best quarter for the game in the final term, but the home side was far too strong and ran away with a 29 goal win.
Kalangadoo put its title defence back on track by outclassing Kongorong away from home.
The Magpies were on fire early scoring the first three goals, but Emily Lightbody, Lynley Page and Kelsie Widdison stepped up creating intercepts and rebounds for the Hawks, while Meagan Bowering and Evie Sealey capitalised in the mid court to give Kongorong a one-point lead at the first break.
Riley Buckingham had a tight arm tussle with opponent Jayde Peacock, both driving hard with good vision into their respective goalies.
Kalangadoo came out firing in the second and third quarters with great defensive pressure, making the most of opportunities presented.
While there were good match ups in every position on the court, the Magpies showed their skill, experience and poise against the younger Hawks side, running out convincing winners in the fourth.
Lauren Kain and Kori Collins were the standouts for the victors.
Tantanoola won the toss at home and took the first centre pass to start what proved to be a classic game against Robe.
The Tigers were able to score quickly through Emma Gould, but Robe responded with quick ball movement through Annie Hunter and Lucy Perkins and put their first score on the board.
Robe’s defence line put the Tigers under pressure causing them to turn the ball over and Robe was able to convert with Tori Gluyas being a focal point in the circle to help Robe hold a four-goal lead at the first break.
The warm conditions did not stop either side from fighting hard for every ball.
Tayla Rowe and Kate Bromley were causing havoc for the shooters resulting in some missed shots and Tantanoola being able to peg back the scoreline.
The Tigers had opportunities to close the score line but Alannah Jennings, Ellen Ramke and Emma Grant created turnovers to keep the margin to just three at half time.
After the main break Robe stepped up a notch during a goal-for-goal passage of play as the Tigers made some crucial errors in attack.
But the game was not over and Tantanoola came out firing in the final term through Kristy Varcoe and Annie Hunter to cut the seven-goal deficient down.
However, the Tigers made a few errors that Robe made them pay for and the Roosters finished the game with a five-goal win.