BLG 15 and Under Girls gallant second place

Kimberley Hearnden impresses as goal shooter in the 2018 SA Country Netball Championships. Photo Peter Argent.

Kimberley Hearnden impresses as goal shooter in the 2018 SA Country Netball Championships. Photo Peter Argent.

With only one loss over the first two days and a one-goal win over the opponents, the BLG were slight favourites going into the Grand Final clash with the Riverland in the 15 and under division at the 2018 SA Country Netball Championships at Priceline Stadium on Monday.

Jordan Schmidke.

Jordan Schmidke.

The title was still up for grabs at half time with only a point separating the sides but Riverland drew way in the second half to win by eight goals, 26 to 18.

“The girls played 11 games over the three days,” coach Lynette Carmichael said.

“Their endeavour and teamwork was exceptional and they really gelled well together as a squad.

“Tayla Bevis at goal-keeper and Charlotte Flego also in the defence circle were exceptional across the weekend, while Kimberley Hearnden was a great focal point at goal shooter.

“There wasn’t much between the top three teams after day two. “Along with the Riverland and Western Border League, our girls had all lost just the one game across the first two days.

“It was an exceptional effort for the girls firstly to finish in Division 1 and to finish second overall at this level across the state.

The BLG 15 and Under squad was Tayla Bevis, Charlotte Flego, Kimberley Hearnden, Stella Holt, Lily Johnson, Erin Schick, Darcy Schmaal, Jordan Schmitke, Reagan Schmitke, Meg Shanahan and Stacey Thom, with Lynette Carmichael as Coach and Sarah Johnson in the role as Team Manager.

The BLG girls won all their matches in their division on day one including strong victories over Port Pirie and the Adelaide Plains.

On day two they began with wins over the KNT by seven and North Eastern by nine, before a thriller contest against the Riverland – 27-26.

On Monday this group defeated Great Flinders (35-19) in the quarter final and Great Southern (22-13) in their semi.