South Gawler came out to play against Freeling, producing a full, four-quarter effort to record a 24-goal win in the Barossa, Light and Gawler Netball Association Senior 1s.
The Lions were a strong defensive unit across the court, and used the ball well to post an eight-goal lead by quarter-time.
South shooters Karina Cook, Kate Platten and Sonja Davey all had their eye in to help the side to a nine-goal margin at the main break.
The Lions ball movement across the court was a delight to watch, while Jess Platten played a solid game in wing attack, as her side led by 14 goals with a quarter remaining.
South sprinted home, scoring 17 goals to seven to cruise to an easy victory.
Freeling was hard at the ball and pressured all game, but South coach Tara Gallarello said her side wasn’t worried out of possession.
“They’re a competitive side, but we kept clam and cool,” she said.
Barossa District v Tanunda
Barossa District retains top spot after disposing of a hapless Tanunda outfit by 43 goals, at home.
The Bulldogs were once again without champion shooter Lisa Wilson, but Barossa coach Roz Fraser said the side took the absence as an opportunity to see how it would cope without her.
“It was a good effort by my girls… it was a big test for the girls, we got to look at different ways of playing the team,” she said.
Blustery conditions made scoring difficult, but the Dogs were on top by just five goals at quarter-time, as Nicole Crouch and Lee Barnett dominated.
Barossa’s shooting was good for the conditions, extending the margin at every change before putting the match beyond doubt.
Nuriootpa v Gawler Central
Gawler Central is back on the winner’s list after handing Nuriootpa a 19-goal loss.
The Tigers bounced back from a heart-breaking close loss to the Lions, and were ready to go from the onset despite missing champion veterans Stephanie Noack and Alli King.
Nuri challenged Central all match, but Kayla Miller was fantastic in goal attack to lead the Gawler-based side to a four-goal margin at quarter-time.
The Tigers stretched out to a nine-goal lead by the main break, but Nuri would not let them run away with the match, holding the margin to 11 with a quarter remaining.
Central’s Jasmin Truscott had a strong debut match, while her side had a high turnover conversion rate to secure the win.
“We have certain KPIs that we like to meet and we were back to achieving them on Saturday,” Tigers coach Phil Hendy said.
Angaston v Kapunda
Kapunda has bounced back from last week’s shock loss to produce a 12-goal win over Angaston.
Once again it was a different starting seven for the Bombers, who have struggled with a consistent line-up – a calf injury to Stacey Burgess forced usual defender Darcie Brown into wing attack.
“It shows the players can adapt to whoever comes in,” Kapunda coach Sarah Johnson said.
It was an even, high scoring opening quarter, with both sides making the most of their opportunities – the Bombers ahead by just five goals at the first break.
Johnson urged her players to continue that solid ball movement, but asked them to tighten up on defence – Kapunda responded well, led by goal keeper Hayley Spaans, to stretch out to a 15-goal margin at half-time.
The Bombers continued to build, up by 20 goals with a quarter remaining, but the loss of goal defence Hannah Thomas to a niggling ankle injury let the Panthers back in.
Kapunda held on to run out eventual winners, but Johnson said she will need greater consistency from her players if they hope to win a second consecutive premiership.