Top-of-the-table Kapunda’s season charges ahead after downing second-placed Barossa by five goals, on Saturday.
Barossa challenged the BLG Senior 1 reigning premiers early, showing quality ball movement and super shooting from Lisa Wilson, to lead by four goals at the first break.
“I was a little bit concerned, we had to slow them down and limit (Lisa Wilson’s) options… she’s so vital and important for them up forward,” Kapunda coach Sarah Johnson said.
The Bombers kicked into gear in the second quarter, tightening up on defence and pegging the margin back to a tied game by half-time.
Kapunda was patient in attack, and continued its strong defensive pressure into the third to lead by a single goal at the final change.
The powerhouse side burst away from Barossa, establishing a five-goal lead midway through the final term, and maintained the margin for the remainder of the match.
Bombers veteran Tabs Mackenzie was strong in goals, the side’s defenders dominated.
Freeling v Willaston
Freeling has provided the upset of the round – defeating Willaston by six goals, at home.
Redlegs coach Susie O’Brien said she was confident going into the match given the side’s close loss to the Donnybrooks in the first round.
It was a low scoring affair, with errors rife in both camps – Willaston ahead by one at the first change.
However, Freeling hit back in the second quarter, as O’Brien encouraged her charges to attack the ball.
The second and third quarters were highlights for the Redlegs, as Ash Mellors starred in defence and Tayla Meaney was strong in centre – they extended the lead to four goals at half-time and eight at the final change.
Willaston kept pushing, but Freeling held the persistent side back to run out eventual winners.
“(Freeling) fought till the end, I hadn’t seen them do that this year,” O’Brien said.
Gawler Central v Angaston
It was an inspiring woman who spurred Gawler Central to a 29-goal win over Angaston, at home.
The fourth-placed Tigers had a brilliant first quarter, making the most of every opportunity – scoring on what seemed like every ball and capitalising on turnovers for a 12-goal lead at quarter-time.
Each player played their role for Central, but Angaston was always one step behind – coach Phil Hendy said the scoreline did not reflect the toughness of the contest.
“I was really really proud of the girls on Saturday, it was a solid team effort – every one of the girls had great moments,” he said.
Central stretched out to a 18-goal margin by half-time, but it wasn’t until the third quarter that the side realised Tigers stalwart, Michelle Dawe, who had recently overcome serious illness, was watching the match on the sidelines.
The Tigers already stunning game kicked into another gear, recording a 19-goal margin at the final break, and bursting away in the last quarter to cruise to victory.
Nuriootpa v Tanunda
It was an easy win for Nuriootpa, defeating cellar-dweller Tanunda by 21-goals, but it was a win the side needed to have.
The Tigers started strongly against the Pies, but were only six goals up at the first change.
“We got the jump and that set the tone, but we could never relax,” Nuri assistant coach Lynlee Mangelsdorf said.
Slowly Nuriootpa extended the lead, first by 12 goals at half-time, before establishing a handy 20-goal margin by the final change.
The last quarter wasn’t their best, but the Tigers had done enough to run out victors, and Mangelsdorf said she was happy with the win.
“Everything we had been working on finally gelled,” she said.