The game we have all been waiting for is upon us, the grand final rematch between Victor Harbor and Goolwa. Goolwa were too good for Willunga in the prelim, jumping out of the gates strongly to take the first half by 16.
To Willunga’s credit however, after the crucial change of Amy Bull into goals was made, they only lost the second half by four goals. I was very impressed with their defence line and encourage all of these players to stick together for 2019.
Now onto the big one. All signs are leading towards Victor heading into this match, with the girls in blue and pink winning all three contests by 17, 17 and 26, however Goolwa are bound to have something up their sleeve.
For Goolwa to match Victor in this game, more needs to come from their attack line in support of their strong GS, Kylie Jarrett. Jo Wilson is likely to get the GA bib, and will need to get herself into the match early by demanding the ball and having confidence in herself to finish the shot.
Jo, or whoever lines up in GA (maybe Jess or Kim), needs to be more than just a feeder, as Sally and Luka will make them earn every goal. We can assume that Victor’s centre position will be filled by either Sarah White or Renee Moon, who both bring strong and unique qualities to the game.
Renee is dominant through the centre and matches Hannah Priest step for step, however Sarah is one of the toughest players in the competition with some of the best craftsmanship I have seen in the game of netball.
Goolwa are unlikely to change Hannah out of centre, or Mel out of WA given their dominance across the season, which was rewarded by being selected in those positions for team of the year, however Goolwa may throw something special into the mix.
Offensively, Victor have been too strong for Goolwa’s defenders and this is where I predict that a change will be made for Goolwa. When looking at match ups, Di Johns has the upper hand over Jess Cuppleditch, Amanda Martin will be too strong for Lauren or Jessica and Alicia Montgomerie, who is a patient and experienced player, will remain unbothered by anyone that Goolwa puts in WD. Up the other end Kylie Jarrett will take some stopping and be a handful for Sally Fuller.
I look forward to seeing what Goolwa comes up with to match these girls. Both teams are running with eight players and should not require fill ins, however in regards to depth and versatility, Victor have the upper hand.
Goolwa have been relying on their inter players throughout the year and although this is a positive sign for the club, they will not have the confidence or strength to make an impact in this game. Victor have the luxury of a talented senior two team who have also dominated the competition this season.
I know that Goolwa will throw everything at this match, however I predict that Victor will go for three in a row and win the game by their lucky 17. Happy Netballing!
MATCH REPORT for the GSNA PRELIMINARY FINALS at Encounter Bay
GRADE: - 11&U Div.3 WINNING TEAM: - Willunga
Encounter Bay Score 3 V Willunga Score 12
A great spirited game with both teams being evenly matched. Willunga started off strong with great defence and excellent attacking and shooting. Willunga taking a lead in the first half of the game. Despite a strong attack by Encounter Bay in the 3rd Willunga built on their lead with excellent shooting and defence taking a strong lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. Encounter Bay fought hard and had some excellent passages of play in the 4th. Willunga built on its strong lead in the 4th finishing with some very accurate shooting to take the game with a 12-3 win. A great game for all players.
GRADE: -11&U Div. 2 WINNING TEAM: - Mount Compass
Mount Compass Score 11 V McLaren Vale Score 10
McLaren Vale started strong & lead for the majority of the game by 1-2 goals. Compass came out enthusiastic and ready in the last term to keep McLaren Vale scoreless. Compass’ tight defensive pressure won them the game by just 1-goal at the final whistle.
GRADE: - 11&U Div.1 WINNING TEAM: - Strathalbyn
Strathalbyn Score 24 V Willunga Score 20
In perfect conditions for a netball final at Encounter Bay both teams started strongly, and it was goal for the first quarter. All players showed excellent skills and great sportsmanship. Strath made changes each quarter and combined well. Goalies for Willunga were on fire but Strath too strong in the end winning by
GRADE: -13&U Div.3 WINNING TEAM: - Yankalilla
McLaren Vale Score 14 V Yankalilla Score 25
Yankalilla came in as the underdogs, being one of the smallest and youngest in their division, but what they lack in size, they certainly make up for in speed and agility. Winning every quarter Yankalilla thoroughly deserve to play in the grand final. Best of luck for next week girls and thanks to McLaren Vale for a fabulous game.
GRADE: -13&U Div.2 WINNING TEAM: - McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Score 15 V Strathalbyn Score 8
Both teams came out strong. Strath kept close to McLaren Vale girls making it hard to get the ball down the court. In the second half McLaren Vale worked really hard and was able to come out with the win. Good game played by all.
GRADE: -13&U Div.1 WINNING TEAM: - Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek Score 23 V McLaren Vale Score 14
The Creek girls got off to a very strong start with a 9-goal lead at ¼ time. A clean competitive game for the remaining 3 quarters the Vale girls playing catch-up, but the Creek team remained in control.
MATCH REPORT - GSNA PRELIMINARY FINAL
8th September 2018 at Encounter Bay
GRADE: - Inter 5 WINNING TEAM: - Willunga
Willunga Score 38 V McLaren Vale Score 24
Willunga started strong with McLaren Vale making them work hard for it. McLaren Vale came back strong in the second quarter to close the gap. Willunga settled in the third quarter with good defence from both teams. Final quarter both teams fought hard to the very end. Well played by both teams.
GRADE: -Inter 4 WINNING TEAM: - Willunga
Victor Harbor Score 39 V Willunga Score 33
In windy conditions a close contest of even court play ensued with Willunga edging forward at half time by 3 -goals. Strong court defence by both teams made for a thrilling game to watch. Willunga came home with a 6-goal win.
GRADE: - Inter 3 WINNING TEAM: - Willunga
Willunga Score 22 V Encounter Bay Score 16
After a slow start by Willunga due to the tight defence by Encounter Bay. Willunga were able to claw their way back and be even at half time. Willunga defenders were ultra-tight making it difficult for Encounter Bay shooters to get their hands on the ball. Willunga held it together to win by 6-goal.
GRADE: -Inter 2 WINNING TEAM: - Victor Harbor
Victor Harbor Score 40 V McLaren Vale Score 35
A great tight defensive game by both teams. Such a brilliant game. Nemisia Schiller & Alissa Brook turned it around for Victor with crucial intercepts. Such a great game by all but fantastic attitude & fight displayed by Victor.
GRADE: -Inter 1 WINNING TEAM: - Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek Score 40 V Victor Harbor Score 39
It was set to be a huge game and it sure did not disappoint. Both teams battled quarter by quarter and made sure they were both in with a chance going in to the last quarter. The lead changed several times throughout the last quarter, but Langhorne Creek were able to hold on a take the win by 1-goal. Thank you to all the Victor Girls and congratulations to the Langhorne Creek girls. Bring on the big dance.
MATCH REPORT - GSNA PRELIMINARY FINAL
8th September 2018 at Encounter Bay
GRADE: -Senior 7 WINNING TEAM: - Goolwa
Yankalilla Score 32 V Goolwa Score 34
A very tight defensive game by both teams. Goolwa goalies couldn’t find front space which Yank made many intercepts. The game consisted of many turnovers and was a nail biter to the end.
GRADE: - Senior 6 WINNING TEAM: - Myponga
Myponga Score 44 V Goolwa Score 30
Myponga came out strong in the first quarter leading the first quarter 11-5-goals. Myponga continued to extend their lead in the 2nd quarter with some strong shooting. Goolwa came out strong in 3rd quarter increasing court pressure and closed Myponga’s lead to 10 goals. Myponga steadied in the final quarter and ran out eventual winners 44-30-goals.
GRADE: -Senior 5 WINNING TEAM: - Willunga
Willunga Score 47 V Goolwa Score 42
Both teams came out hard. A really hard-fought game by both teams. Willunga coming back in the second half to win by 5 goals.
GRADE: - Senior 4 WINNING TEAM: -McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Score 57 V Langhorne Creek Score 49
Scrappy start to the game but once both teams settled it become a tight goal for goal match. Scores were level at fulltime with Vale running out with a 9-goal win. Full credit to Creek, they played a great game.
GRADE: -Senior 3 WINNING TEAM: - McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Score 46 V Langhorne Creek Score 42
A hard-fought game from start to finish. Full credit to both teams on a tenacious effort. Vale working hard to take the game in extra time.
GRADE: - Senior 2 WINNING TEAM: - McLaren Vale
Willunga Score 41 V McLaren Vale Score 52
What a game!! Credit to Willunga a hard-contested game. McLaren Vale were just too strong in the end coming out winners by 11-goals. Thank you to Willunga for a great finals game.
GRADE: -League WINNING TEAM: - Goolwa
Goolwa Score 54 V Willunga Score 34
An excited Willunga and Goolwa League side took to the “September-Feeling” at Encounter Bay courts. After the first quarter, Goolwa had showcased some exceptional full court pressure with Mel Apthorpe bringing lots of energy to the mid court and Jess Cuppleditch giving Willunga goal shooter Tegan O’Connor plenty to think about. Goolwa extended their lead with sharp shooters Joanna Wilson and Kylie Jarrett. Valiant efforts from Willung’s Anna Aldridge and Eilish McKay gave the Demons’ supporters an injection of loudness. The Magpie army swooping into the big dance in September again.