It was another good week for netball on the south coast with it staying dry for another round of sport.
We certainly have been blessed.
We better enjoy the calm and tame weather while we have it, as there is nothing more certain than winter will arrive with a vengeance in the next few weeks.
Goolwa had a strong win against Willunga taking the game by 12. Goolwa after 10 rounds look the best equipped team to challenge the undefeated Victor Harbor.
Goolwa have only had the one slip and took on a very determined Willunga, who have finals in their sights as well.
Breaking it down it’s only three goals a quarter, so no doubt Willunga would be thinking they had their opportunities.
The McLaren Vale girls scored a solid 30 goal win over the bottom placed Encounter Bay girls. Whilst it was a good win for the Vale girls, it was positive for the Bay girls to again score over 30 goals in a game.
Mt Compass had another positive game over the Creek girls 59-31.
Compass had too much strength over the court and were able to repel much of the Creek’s attacking moves.
Currently Mt Compass are sitting fifth and will want to not only dominate games against those below, but sneak some wins against teams like Strath and Willunga to play netball in September.
A challenge they struggle with when they meet the sides above them.
Myponga proved me wrong and took the game against Yankalilla by six goals. Myponga are still in touch with the top four and will want to continue playing strong netball for when they come up against those higher placed sides.
Yankalilla are probably scratching their heads, as they have the potential to be placed higher, but not showing it in their games.
Victor Harbor were too strong for third placed Strathalbyn taking the game by 29. Victor Harbor play tough team netball and are very well drilled at all ends of the court.
The defence is mean and their attack is powerful and makes the most of the opportunities provided.
No real surprises in either line up on court this week, with Victor being smart and rotating players through the Senior 2’s to keep options open for finals.
So this week… Encounter Bay are home to Myponga and will find it a tough one particularly the match up with Emma Raper in the goal-circle, given that their defence line is quite a small one. The mid court will need to keep the ball off the circle edge to cut down opportunities.
Myponga by 40.
Goolwa journey to Langhorne Creek and will notch up a comfortable win. Goolwa have too much strength and will win every position on court.
The Creek girls will need to step up defensive efforts to slow the ball down when Goolwa are sending it into attack so they can minimise the damage. Goolwa by 40.
Strathalbyn host Compass in what could be an interesting encounter. Strathalbyn will do enough to turn the ball and edge away each quarter. Strathalbyn by 10.
Willunga are up against Vale this week. Last time the two sides met it was a draw, so both sides will be doing their utmost to get the upper hand this week. Vale are coming off the win, but I think they will find it tougher going this week against a determined Willunga. Willunga by 7.
Victor have got their timing spot on with their attack moves
Yankalilla are home to Victor Harbor so will be in for a challenging game. Victor have got their timing spot on with their attack moves, so Yankalilla need to stick to hard one on one defence and aim to dictate the play rather than react to the moves. Victor by 35.
Happy netballing everyone!