Triple treat for debut squads

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Triple treat for debut squads

The Limestone Coast Football Netball League started its inaugural representative season with a bang – coming home with three titles from the 2024 South Australian Country Netball Championships.

Five teams headed to the Adelaide event, with the 17 & Under and 15 & Under (Championship) winning Division 1 titles and the 13 & Under development team claiming the Division 3 title in a nail biting final that went into overtime before South Gambier’s Harper Bowering nailed two mid range shots to put the Limestone Coast team in front when it counted most.

Coached by Jackie Sunderland, the team went through the event undefeated but most of them were tough contests with narrow margins, and also included two draws in the minor round.

West’s Hannah Jackson and Claudia Vorwerk had strong tournaments, while the versatility of the 10 player squad allowed Sunderland to use the rolling substitutions to great effect.

The 15 & Under A Championship team was coached by Donna Denton and after a sluggish start in the opening round, cruised through the championships with no more losses – taking on their first round conqueror Barossa, Light & Gawler in the grand final and turning the tables.

Bell Coghlan, Emily Denton and Mischa Human led the way in what was an even 10 player squad and were it not for a late surge from Barossa, Light & Gawler in the title decider, the margin might have been a little more comfortable.

The 17 & Under team, coached by Michelle Skeer, was basically the talk of the stadium as they steamrolled most opponents, including in the title decider.

Edie Easterby was a standout in what was a star-studded team as she dominated the defensive transverse line at either wing defence or goal defence, taking countless interceptions and pressuring opposition teams into error.

She was well supported by North Gambier’s Stella Mobbs and Ava Collins, with the trio working well as a defensive unit, using their height and ability to read the play to great effect.

The mid court saw Millicent’s Piper Paul and Poppy Venn dominate the attacking wing, Maggie Collins dominated the centre and Mia Gysbers was reliable in transition.

Macey Griffith controlled the shooting circle with her smart positioning, creative feeding and accurate finishing with Mylee Lynch and Gracie Dalton combining well with the star Tiger.

The 13 & Under Championship team, coached by Larnka Foran, bowed out at quarter final stage to the eventual Division 1 champions, while the 15 & Under Development team, coached by Lillie Paul, battled hard against tough opposition.

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