Tant claws out tough win on home court

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Tant claws out tough win on home court

Tantanoola V Kongorong

Tantanoola had a solid win over Kongorong in round 4 of the Mid South East Netball Association on Saturday.

In warm conditions the Hawks travelled to Tantanoola hoping to get their first win of the season.

They came out firing, challenging the Tigers for every ball.

Both teams struggled to take control, but losing possession through player error.

Tyler Buckingham and Emma Gould were the focal point for their respective teams, however Tant’s up and coming defender Bella Poulish negated a lot of balls destined for Buckingham with some clever interceptions while youngster Molly Cushion also got hands to balls.

Hawks players Jas Mckinnon and Rach Perry had an impact shutting down Tantanoola’s drive through the mid court, with the Tigers up by one at the first change, 11-10.

Tant held on to a slender one goal lead heading in to the second quarter but with their precision passing into Gould they blew the margin out.

While Perry was keeping Jami Walker busy, Gould stepped up her control under the post, shooting 18 for the quarter.

Despite Kongorong’s “never give up” attitude the Tigers had winners all over the court and started to dominate the rebounds, blowing out the margin to 14 by the main break.

The beginning of the third quarter belonged to Kongorong, with the Hawks determined to claw the margin back.

Hawk Emily Lightbody started to curb Gould’s influence by playing with more intensity.

The young guns for Tant continued to have an impact on the game, taking numerous interceptions.

Kongorong’s pressure reduced the margin to seven goals within the quarter but the Tigers stayed composed and were nine goals up by the last break.

Both sides showed signs of fatigue going into the last quarter, however it continued to be a competitive game, with both teams displaying a lot of potential for the remainder of the season.

Tant played a more consistent game and finished strong with Gould again the focal point shooting 15 for the quarter and the Tigers taking the win 62-43,

Bella Poulish and Emma Gould were best on court for Tantanoola, while for Kongorong it was Jas McKinnon and Rach Perry.

Robe V Kalangadoo

Robe and Kalangadoo hit the seaside court with determination on Saturday, with the Roosters keen to defeat the ladder leaders.

Kalangadoo showed consistency within their centre court and goal circle from the get go.

Robe’s Emillie Gould and Kimberley Austin increased the pressure on Kalangadoo goalies Abbey Duncan and Ebony McDiarmid, allowing Robe goalies Sarah Laurie and Demi Carter to capitalise on turnovers.

The last minutes of the first quarter saw a tactical change between Jayde Peacock and Jane Auld, with Auld heading into centre.

However Demi Carter was able to finish a long shot to put Robe ahead by three goals in the first quarter, with the Roosters up 12-9.

The second quarter was just as intense, with the Mapgies showing increased defensive pressure down court.

Lauren Kain switched into GD, with Georgia Gentile moving out to WD and forcing longer passes between Robe’s mid-court.

After a number of rebounds from Emillie Gould with all her grit, she went hard down on her shoulder, forcing her out to leave the court late in the quarter.

This resulted in a change with Ashlee Wachtel moving into GA and Demi Carter into GD.

By half time the Pies had clawed back the game to be up 24-21.

The Roosters refused to give up, with sustained energy from both Kalangadoo and Robe making the ball fire and there were many determined second efforts by all players.

Sophie Bates transitioned into C, with Annie Regnier into WD.

Both teams maintained possession of their ball and were able to keep their scores high.

Wing attacks Lucy Perkins and Jane Auld utilised key drives for both of their teams, transitioning the ball seamlessly down the court.

Robe fought back with spirit in the quarter to reduce the deficit, going into the final change only down a goal, 33-34.

Kalangadoo took the court for the final quarter with a steely resolve and were able to keep a steady pace on their game, with second efforts giving them the upper hand.

Precision from the Kalangadoo goalies gave Robe fewer opportunities to score, with increased unforced errors.

Annie Regnier transitioned back into C, working well with Lucy Perkins to create new passages of play.

However, when attacking Kalangadoo’s Jayde Peacock held possession with little room for error.

The Magpies managed to pull away in the last stanza, taking the win 51-43.

Kalangadoo’s best players were Jayde Peacock and Jane Auld, with Robe’s best Lucy Perkins and Emillie Gould

Mount Burr v Port MacDonnell

In warm sunny conditions at Mount Burr, Port Mac started with the first centre pass to begin the game converting the first goal through Kori Collins.

The Demons positioned well to take the missed shot from Madi Haggett seeing the ball move quickly back into the Port Mac attack and to shooter Collins.

The Burr applied pressure and with a long pass to coach Haggett who converted the goal to break Port Mac’s centre pass.

Mozzies’ GK Megan Theile worked hard in defence gaining many valuable intercepts, combining with Olivia Dean to apply lots of defensive pressure making Collins and Cody Manning work hard for every possession.

Port Mac’s height in defence put pressure on the Mount Burr attack line, with strong rebounding from Demons GD Alana Berkfeld and GK Emily Thompson.

The quarter was a tight tussle, with the Demons edging ahead 9-7.

The Burr took the first centre pass in the second quarter, with WD Abbey Falting proving assistance at the centre third line to enable Mozzies’ goalies Haggett and Danika Shepherd time to reposition.

Shepherd missed the shot with Port Mac rebounding strongly, moving the ball down to their scoring end only to see Theile rebound the missed shot from Manning.

The Bay’s mid court were able to regain possession to convert the first goal of the quarter, however the Burr goalies scored the next two goals.

The Demons’ GA Cody Manning moved the ball well around the ring with teammates Alysha Coon and Kate Faint to gain optimal scoring position and convert the next couple of goals.

Mount Burr junior Abbey Falting held space strong against Port Mac’s Faint, while WA Ella Easterby and C Laura Schultz held their position strong on the ring, enabling Shepherd and Haggett the ability to pass the ball around to get the best position under the ring.

Both teams created plenty of defensive turnovers, with the Burr only down by one at the break, 14-15.

The third quarter started with fresh legs for Mount Burr with Chloe Newton coming on at WD and giving Falting a rest.

Patience passing and moving the ball around in and out of the Burr’s goal circle resulted in Shepherd converting a long shot to break Port Mac’s centre pass.

The Demons’ GA Manning scored close shots after positioning in front and passing out to Coon to gain closer position under the ring, while shooter Collins consistently used her body to position for the pass into the circle against the tight defence of Dean and Theile.

Demons WD Megan Hein’s height and poise at the centre third line saw the attack line utilise her for the passes back, enabling the attack line to reset and reposition on many occasions.

Port Mac capitalised on missed shots from the Mozzies, gaining a three goal break.

Mount Burr defenders Theile and Dean worked together to gain many timely intercepts for Newton, Schultz and Easterby to move the ball down the court for Shepherd and Haggett to convert.

But the Bay’s defenders in Berkfeld and Thompson put pressure on the Burr goalies and rarely caused an infringement, with scores level at the last break, 23-all.

Going into the last term both teams scored from their first centre pass.

Mount Burr gained position from a Port Mac centre, although Haggett was unable to convert and the Bay’s Thompson rebounded strong and sent the ball down court with Collins converting.

The Mozzie’s Theile’s determination and speed saw her chase a loose ball in Port Mac’s attack line to see her side break the first Bay centre pass for the quarter.

Mount Burr followed by scoring the next three goals as Theile again and again got her hands to loose balls and intercepts to send the ball down court to Newton, Easterby and Schulz.

Port Mac’s Collins and Manning worked hard to make front position but failed to convert.

Mount Burr’s Easterby and Port Mac’s Hein both determined for the ball saw Easterby hit the ground hard late in the last term.

It was a close tussle all game with Mount Burr breaking Port Mac’s centre early in the last quarter, converting three goals to take the lead and hold on until the final whistle, taking the win 32-29.

Hatherleigh V Nangwarry

Both teams started strongly in what began as a fairly even game on a warm day.

Hatherleigh’s GS Demi Vanderhorst and GA Bree Harris found space and moved well within the circle, while Nangwarry’s GK Kayla Gray used her height and proved to be a headache by rebounding strongly, snapping up any missed shots.

It did not feel like the score line was a fair indication of the play throughout the quarter with Hatherleigh in front 14-6 at the quarter time


Both sides retained their positions going into the second quarter, with Hatherleigh GK Elly Redden intercepting a loose ball on Nangwarry’s first centre pass of the quarter.

She sent the ball back into the Eagles’ attack line where WA Tegan Telfer and C Kalli Nettle used their speed to work the circle edge and feed the ball into shooter Harris who was on fire early, shooting five from five.

The defensive pressure of defenders Lara MacGregor and Elly Redden intensified, forcing the Saints midcourt of Stephens and Alice Circelli to start putting the ball in high to the Nangwarry shooters Sheridan Sakkers and Ebony Wurst.

The Eagles managed to increase their lead to 25-11 at the main break.

Nangwarry stuck with their starting seven heading into the third quarter, while Hatherleigh brought young gun Niah Faulkner into C, Redden to WD, Owen to GK and swapped Harris to GA and Vanderhorst to GS with Nettle heading to the bench for a well-earned rest.

The Eagles’ Chelsea Owen worked overtime in defence, getting her fingertips to plenty and causing turnovers in favour of her team in what was her strongest game since joining the club.

The Nangwarry mid-court stepped up the pressure and worked hard to transition the ball from end-to-end but the Hatherleigh goalies started to find range and piled on 14 goals to Nangwarry’s 2.

In the final quarter Hatherleigh made more changes with Harris to C, Faulkner to WD and Nettle back on into GA.

To Nangwarry’s credit all seven players continued to work hard and contest the ball but the defensive pressure from the Eagles led by Telfer and MacGregor saw them take the win 51-15.

Hatherleigh’s Chelsea Owen and Tegan Telfer were named best on court, while Sheridan Sakkers and Maddison Stephens were best for Nangwarry.

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