KALANGADOO has claimed yet another Mid South East netball grand final with a comfortable victory over Hatherleigh on Saturday.
With the first few minutes going goal for goal, Jayde Peacock turned the ball in her team’s favour to get the first break, but it was quickly returned to the Eagles with a timely intercept by Erin Watson.
Annabel Brooks and Sally Houlihan were athletic in the defensive circle for the Eagles, however Jenna Paproth and Melissa Russell held their space with strength.
The Magpies worked consistently through the first term to obtain a seven-goal lead at the end of the first quarter.
Kirsty Egan fed the ball with speed and strength as did Helen Hamilton for the Eagles.
The Eagles goalies, Keston Green and Maddie Pulmer, had some trouble converting due to solid pressure by Leah Ousey and Kylie Schultz.
The Magpies worked tirelessly to take them into the main break with a 12-goal lead.
The Eagles made a number of changes at half time, bringing Sara Haines into centre, moving Watson to wing attack and Hamilton back to wing defence, while Courtney Mesecke had a rest.
The changes provided a lease of life with an early turn in the Eagles favour.
They continued to have difficulty converting with the Magpies applying tough pressure across the court.
At three quarter time the margin was 13 goals but it was fluctuating.
Jade Opie worked hard the whole game to provide pressure on the defensive wing and cause plenty of errors in the Eagles attacking third and through the mid court.
The final quarter saw the consistency continue with the final margin being 15 goals with the Magpies taking the flag for 2016.
In2Trophies Best on Court: Kirsty Egan (Kalangadoo).
Final score: Kalangadoo 71 def. Hatherleigh 56.
Full a full wrap up of all MSE football and netball grand finals see the Tuesday, September 13th edition of The South Eastern Times.