TWO close games were played in the Mid South East Netball Association games on the weekend.
On Saturday, in an upset Kongorong managed to take the points over Tantanoola – winning by just three, while Sunday saw Port MacDonnell get up by five against Glencoe.
The other two matches of the weekend saw Kalangadoo take a comfortable win over Hatherleigh, and Robe dominate against Nangwarry.
Kongorong 42 d Tantanoola 39
IN an unexpected twist Kongorong took the points in a close match against Tantanoola on Saturday.
Entering the first term both teams came out and made the most of their scoring opportunities.
However, it was Kongorong who managed to get the upper hand due to the accurate shooting of Tabatha Sanderson, sinking 11 of her team’s 12 goals. This allowed the Hawks to have a four goal lead heading into the second term.
Again the intensity was increasing with a great tussle between the mid-court players with Kongorong’s Allison Anderson, Pree Jennings and the Tigers’ Jess Bell and Talana Knaggs not giving an inch.
Tantanoola outscored the Hawks by one, bringing the half time lead back to three goals.
The second quarter also saw the Tigers swap their goalies with Kate Sporer going back into goal shooter and Jami Walker out to goal attack.
This forced the Hawks to make one change at the main break with Emily Rayner coming off from wing defence to be replaced by Bri Fuller.
The defensive pressure was intense down the court with Tantanoola’s Casey Arney and Kate Bromley attempting to stop Pree Jennings and Alli Anderson strong drive into the circle, which was allowing them to feed into the Hawks shooting duo of Sanderson and Ashleigh Sturges.
Kongorong came into the final quarter with a four goal lead, but the Tigers did not give up, managing to get the scores even in the dying minutes of the fourth.
This final five minutes saw the Hawks defenders Sarah Lucas and Kaylah Earl push the limits, disallowing an easy pass into Tantanoola’s goalies.
Strong rebounding by the Hawks saw the needed turnovers to send the ball down, which were finished off by their goalies.
Tabatha Sanderson was named most valuable player of the match and was awarded a medal from Kongorong life member Maureen Gordon.
Glencoe 53 lt Port MacDonnell 58
GLENCOE and Port MacDonnell had a close tussle in the Anzac Day match on Sunday.
It proved to be a tough match between two high quality sides who played in the true Anzac spirit.
Glencoe was missing Ebony McDiarmid and brought in the experience of Tammy Auld in defence.
The game commenced with both teams going goal for goal.
Young Glencoe wing defence Sarah Edwards took the first intercept of the match.
However, her side was unable to convert and it was eventually Port MacDonnell who scored the first break after causing a held ball with strong defensive pressure by Ashley Earl, Ash Heald and Belinda Scott.
Sarah Kasparian was dominant in the first quarter holding strongly over Heald, however Glencoe’s early misses were costly with the Demons rebounding strongly to take a six goal lead into the first break.
Glencoe came out strongly at the beginning of the second quarter, with defenders Auld and Bec Edwards both taking early intercepts and causing deflections.
However, Toni Gilmore and Tamara Ferguson found their groove and began to dominate, swinging the ball to their advantage and holding strongly – allowing the side to keep its six goal lead.
Megan Hein was injected to wing defence WD at the main break.
However, this did little to curb the influence of Alyce Finnis who was driving well into the Glencoe goal third.
Finnis combined well with Ashlea Edwards who was also a strong driving force through the centre for Glencoe and fed to her goalies with accuracy.
Laura Edwards was a welcome inclusion for Glencoe this week, showing her speed and agility by controlling the Glencoe goal circle, particularly in the third term.
Down the other end, Gilmore continued to dominant the attacking circle for Port MacDonnell, shooting with accuracy and directing play down court.
Heald and Scott continued to strongly rebound any missed opportunities and helped to extend the lead to eight at three quarter time.
Michelle Moore worked hard throughout the match at centre and ensured she provided constant options for the Demons, while Sarah Edwards had a tough tussle with Port MacDonnell’s wing attack Marie Lewis, taking some crucial intercepts in the final term, allowing her team back to within five goals at the final whistle.
The Sister Mules Medal was awarded by RSL Representative Helen Egan at the completion of the match to Ash Heald from Port MacDonnell who played a strong and consistent game at goalkeeper.
Robe 66 d Nangwarry 28
ROBE meant business from the first whistle, defeating Nangwarry comfortably.
In the first term the Roosters capitalised on every opportunity.
However, Nangwarry kept up, pushing Robe in each third.
The Roosters had just a five goal lead heading into the second quarter.
However, this is where the fast paced Robe took many intercepts and forced Nangwarry to make mistakes – allowing it a slightly larger lead at the main break.
In the third, the Saints made a number of changes, while Robe strengthened its attack line – making little errors – which resulted in a 29 goal lead heading into the final term.
Nangwarry’s defence continued to apply pressure to the Roosters’ attack line and managed to stop their run from the third quarter.
However, Robe pushed through and finished strongly, winning by 38.
Kalangadoo 61 d Hatherleigh 40
A REMATCH of the 2014 grand final with Kalangadoo emerging, once again as victors.
The Magpies started off well, capitalising on every turnover, showing Hatherleigh they were there to play.
However, the Eagles also proved they are one of the top sides in the competition, sticking with Kalangadoo for much of the game.
Jenna Paproth worked hard to finish off her shots and sister Mikaila Pitt was also chosen in the best, while Hatherleigh’s most outstanding were Demi Smith and Erin Watson.
The Magpies managed to take a comfortable 21 goal win over the Eagles who will go back to the drawing board for their next clash.