Barossa scrapes through against Central

Search: Barossa's Stacey Bratton looks for a teammate during her side's clash with Gawler Central. Photos: Jess Supple.
Search: Barossa's Stacey Bratton looks for a teammate during her side's clash with Gawler Central. Photos: Jess Supple.

Round eight of the Barossa, Light and Gawler Netball Association.

Barossa District v Gawler Central

It was a win, but Barossa coach Roz Fraser was far from impressed with her side’s four-goal away victory over Gawler Central in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball, on Saturday.

“I’m not happy with the way we played – we only played one quarter of netball – the last,” she said.

“We were up at the beginning, but it was scrappy – it was our worst performance.”

The Bulldogs were slow to start, up by just four goals at the first change, but it only got worse, they lacked their trademark structure and were turning over less ball.

Centrals sunk its teeth into the game, taking a goal lead at half-time and once again led by three at the final break.

Fraser, less than impressed with her side’s performance, gave her charges a stern talking to at three-quarter time and it was just what they needed – producing a seven-goal turnaround to claim the victory.

“They needed a wake up call, so I gave it to them,” Fraser said.

“They all know they can play better than that, I know they can play better than that.

“The second quarter we allowed them to dictate the game – Gawler Central were determined, they just couldn’t finish it.”

A Nicole Crouch turnover shifted the momentum, which carried the Dogs to victory, but Fraser said the side would have “been in a lot more trouble” without star shooter Lisa Wilson, and Jess Wilson, who was serviceable in wing attack.

The win maintains the Dogs spot atop, but Fraser said she and her team knows they will need much better performances as the competition approaches the second round.

“We know we can get out of this hole,” she said.

Taking stock: Tigers Tegan Couzner in action during her side's clash with the Dogs.

Taking stock: Tigers Tegan Couzner in action during her side's clash with the Dogs.

Nuriootpa v Kapunda

The reigning premiers’ title defence continues to charge ahead after belting the struggling Nuriootpa by 36 goals.

It was a stock-standard match for the BL&G powerhouse, charging out of the blocks to lead 21-6 at the first change.

“We had a brilliant first quarter – that’s what set up the win – and we had great defence all over the court which allowed us to have a lot of opportunities to go forward,” Kapunda coach Sarah Johnson said.

The Bombers steadily extended the margin at each change, to lead by 21 goals at the main break and a convincing 30 at three-quarter time.

Johnson said she was impressed with her side’s ability to continue pressuring and “playing their game” from start to finish – the final quarter buffer even allowing for some experimental changes to the line-up.

“I was really happy with the way we scored consistently each quarter… I made some changes in the last quarter and the girls adapted really well,” Johnson said.

“The last quarter I put Tab Mackenzie into wing defence and Stacka (Stacery Burgess) in goals.

“Stacka did really well, she’s back to her best after returning recently from (calf) injury. We’ll just keep plugging away – we’re looking for consistency.”

Ready: Central's Jasmin Truscott weighs up her options.

Ready: Central's Jasmin Truscott weighs up her options.

South Gawler v Willaston

South continues to pressure the top two after defeating strong competition Willaston by 12 goals at home.

The Donnybrooks, without playing coach Kimberly Walker, were quick to start – ahead 7-2 early before the Lions pegged it back to steal the lead and take a small margin into the first break.

For South coach Tara Gallarello it was the same old story.

“Our starts haven’t been super, but as long as we’re finishing off well,” she said.

“Willaston recruited well, so it was a pretty good team to line up against us.

“It was really good to see the girls playing well again… our combinations are starting to work really well.”

The second and third quarters were South’s best – the home side extending the lead before charging out to a 16-goal margin during the final term.

However, the combination of Willaston determination and a relaxed South let the visitors back in – fortunately the Lions had done enough to secure the victory.

“We had a really good start to the last quarter and we wanted to work on playing a full game, but we didn’t let them in too much,” Gallarello said.

“We’ve had a disrupted season so far, so as long as we’re still winning,but I’d like to be further along.

“Our attacking end was really good – the past two weeks our attackers have been at 85 percent (shooting accuracy), and we’re starting to get our defensive pressure back, so we’re starting to see results. Kate Platten played really well in defence, Sonja Davey had a strong game in attack and Karina Cook is finding her feet again.”

Angaston v Tanunda

Angaston disposed of a still win-less Tanunda, recording a 45-goal away win.

The result was all but set before the match we played, but Panthers coach Lee-Anne Cummins said she was happy with the way her side performed.

“It was our first really good, solid, four-quarter effort for the year – it was really good to play four really consistent quarters,” she said. “We had a really good start and we maintained or extended our lead at every change.”

Cummins rolled the dice in the first quarter, bringing inters player Tilly Hadden in at centre for the first and fourth terms – it payed off, as the Panthers took a 21-5 lead into quarter-time.

“It was (Hadden’s) first experience at centre and she fitted in well,” Cummins said.

“Bianca Sonntag in wing attack was our best for her defensive pressure through the mid-court… Courtnie Moulds was also strong in goal shooter, she scored 17 goals in the last quarter.”

By the main break Angaston was dominating all areas, leading by 28 goals and only continuing to build.

The Panthers are still at the lower end of the ladder, in sixth position, but Cummins said she hopes her side can continue to build as the second half of the season approaches.

“It was pleasing that we could maintain that intensity throughout the game, it’s one of the things we’ve been working on – valuing and converting turnover ball and reducing our unforced errors,” she said.

“(This season) we’re a bit like last year – building again – we started slowly again, but I’m hoping we can continue that growth into the second round."

                            – Steph Konatar