Great Southern Netball closes in on the 2017 finals

Jeepers it was flat out in the canteen this week with the colder weather making pie sales go through the roof – I hardly had time to pop my head out the door to see any netball.

Encounter Bay struggled to score this week against the Strath girls, going down 17-58. Strathalbyn looked a little light on goalies this week and it seemed like there was a blend of youth and experience in their line-up.

PASS: Strathalbyn's Bella Garwood looks for a pass inside the circle during Saturday's game against Encounter Bay.

PASS: Strathalbyn's Bella Garwood looks for a pass inside the circle during Saturday's game against Encounter Bay.

Goolwa had a strong win against McLaren Vale in a similar score line to last time the two sides met. Goolwa were able to score more than 70 goals, moving the ball quickly in their attacking play and scoring well off of turnovers.

Langhorne Creek found the going tough against the Yankalilla girls but this week were able to get to 29 goals and keep Yank to under 60, so some positives for them. Yank will be looking to keep their group of players together to be a contender in 2018.

Hmm Myponga let me down this week when they lost to Mt Compass by 8. Compass would be pleased they could take the win this week when they lost to the Mudlark girls last time they met. Looks like Myponga gave the senior 2 girls an opportunity to hit the court again this week.

Willunga had the tough match this week and found they have a bit of work to do if they are to come up against Victor in the final series going down by 29. Looks like Victor had some strong defensive options and were able to mix things up making it tough for the Willunga girls. A highlight was the score difference was less than last time they met.

WET WEATHER: Encounter Bay's Keeley Zadow reaches for the ball in the wet weather at the weekend.

WET WEATHER: Encounter Bay's Keeley Zadow reaches for the ball in the wet weather at the weekend.

So round 17 come at us. First off Encounter Bay are host to Goolwa. Goolwa will take this one comfortably and may use it as a game to try different structures they can use come finals time. Goolwa by 40.

Langhorne Creek are up against Willunga and will find themselves off the pace this week. Willunga will want to redeem themselves from last week and will do so convincingly. Willunga by 35.

McLaren Vale take on Yankalilla with the last time it going the way of Yank who took the game by 13. They will be able to account for the Vale girls by a similar margin again this week. Yank by 15.

Mt Compass could make a last ditch effort for the final four if they win the next couple but unfortunately their opposition this week won’t let it happen when they meet Victor Harbor. Victor by 29.

Strathalbyn take on Myponga at home this week and will not want to underestimate the opposition. Given that Strathalbyn have been missing a few names in their line up this could be a danger game for them. They will come through but only just. Strathalbyn by 9

That’s it folks for another week, two more minor rounds to go before finals get underway for the teams good enough to make it – happy netballing everyone!

TEAMWORK: Adele Lambert of McLaren Vale passes the ball to a teammate.

TEAMWORK: Adele Lambert of McLaren Vale passes the ball to a teammate.