Hawks soar to hard-fought win

Mid South Eastern Netball review

Kongorong v Nangwarry

With both sides going into this game winless there was no doubt it was going to be a well-earnt two points up for grabs between Kongorong and Nangwarry.

The young Hawks came out strong with the defensive pressure of Sarah Lucas, Riley Buckingham and Emily Lightbody creating extra headaches for Nangwarry’s attack.

The Saints stepped it up in the second quarter with Hayley Burner gaining some crucial intercepts.

The young Hawks continued the strong form into the last quarter, finishing with as much intensity as they began, winning 44-37, their first victory since 2019.

Buckingham was crucial in defence for the Hawks and was awarded the Anzac Day medal for Most Valuable Player.

Glencoe v Robe

The match of the fourth round of Mid South Eastern netball between Glencoe and Robe certainly lived up to expectations with a hard-fought, tightly-contested match going down to the final whistle.

The first quarter was played at an extremely high-intensity and a frenetic pace, with both teams creating strong attacking play during the quarter.

Sarah Laurie was the focal point for Robe in their goal circle, creating lots of space and finishing strong with 11 from 13 for the quarter.

Down the other end Glencoe’s goal shooter, Malinda Markiewicz was also creating good space and netted 10 from 11 for her side.

It was Glencoe who got the early break, turning over Robe’s first centre pass through a strong Sarah Edwards intercept.

Glencoe’s Chantelle Cocks left the court only a few minutes in with injury and was replaced by A Reserve player Bec Edwards, but the hosts still took a one-goal advantage into the first break.

Robe came out firing in the second quarter, bringing Alannah Jennings into the match at Goal Keeper which assisted in curbing some of Markiewicz’s influence, while Lucy Perkins stepped up to obtain a number of touches at Wing Defence.

Perkins and Annie Hunter increased their defensive pressure in the goal third, making it hard for Laura Edwards and Donna Jaeschke to find the circle edge and Tori Gluyas started to come into the game by utilising her trademark long-range shooting accuracy to score 11 from 12 for the quarter.

Robe took over the lead enjoying a four goal advantage into the main break, but it was Glencoe who came out strongly afterwards to score the first five goals of the third quarter off the back of intercepts and strong rebounding from Sarah Edwards.

Jaeschke was running strongly for her side, creating lots of play and Jenna Paproth was moving well in the goal circle using her front drives to advantage and shooting with accuracy.

Perkins stepped it up early in the third and was the main play-maker for Robe, driving strongly to ensure the score did not blow out and Ramke also gained a number of important touches to tie up the scoreboard going into the final quarter.

Robe’s defenders were able to get their hands to a number of balls in and around the Glencoe goal circle sending the ball down to Gluyas, who made good space for herself in the circle to net nine goals for the term at 100% accuracy.

Perkins continued to dominate the attacking end but Glencoe did not go away, turning the ball back on numerous occasions.

The supply was near continuous from the Robe defenders and they managed to hold on by two at the final whistle with scores at 52-50.

Hatherleigh v Tantanoola

In a game that was deemed a must win for both sides, Tantanoola came out on top to take the points against Hatherleigh.

The Eagles started with the first centre pass, but it was turned over and the Tigers were first on the board.

Hatherleigh struggled to get into the game in the first quarter with Tantanoola forcing multiple errors all down the court.

The Eagles’ Erin Watson applied plenty of pressure to Tiger Casey Walker, which saw neither player give an inch and contesting everything to hold an eight-goal lead.

Hatherleigh upped its defensive pressure, yet Tantanoola stayed in control extending the lead into the main break 15-29.

An ankle injury to Casey Walker forced her to leave the court and be replaced by Kristy Varcoe, which forced the Tigers to take a bit of time to settle and adjust to the changes.

Hatherleigh’s Chelsea Galpin worked tirelessly to gain possession and help lift her side in the third quarter, however it was the visitors who took a 12-goal lead going into the last quarter.

The home side came out firing in the last quarter and displayed some great passages and transitions of play down the court, but Tantanoola kept its composure and stayed in control.

The Eagles stepped up the pressure again and started forcing errors in which they were able to convert. They were able to win the last term but it simply was not enough to take the win.

Mount Burr v Port MacDonnell

The game started evenly with both sides scoring from their centre passes, while pressure passing caused many turnovers.

Mt Burr’s Ebony Clark and Port MacDonnell’s Toni Gilmore were the dominate goalies for their teams getting great opportunities at either end of the court.

But the Mozzies’ defence duo in Madi Haggett and Olivia Dean were starting to get on top of Port MacDonnell goalies and gave their team a well-earned four-goal lead into the final term.

Both teams settled and went goal for goal late in the final quarter, but by this time Mount Burr could not be stopped from taking a six-goal win.

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