Some very interesting results came from round five, and although I picked 4/4 tips, two of the margins were closer than expected.
I was very impressed with the efforts of Langhorne Creek and Myponga this week, who both challenged the top teams and proved that 2019 is not going to be smooth sailing.
Goolwa were startled by the young Langhorne Creek team, who were in the lead at quarter time. As predicted, Shane caused havoc for the Goolwa goalies, who could not find their rhythm this week.
Myponga were fierce all over the court and also took the reigning premiers by surprise. The game between Vale and Strath was close as expected, and Willunga accounted for Yankalilla by 24 goals.
Myponga vs Vale
Myponga are hitting their straps and will be looking for a big win over the Vale girls this Saturday. Myponga's strength is their connections on court, which was evident against Victor. Emma and Rachel offer smothering defence and Kristen Rothwell is fast and fierce through the middle. Vale will do their best and will match the Myponga centre courts, but will get beaten at the ends. Myponga by 15.
Victor Vs Yankalilla
Victor were left scratching their heads after their close match against Myponga, and will be looking to regain momentum, starting this week.
The young players of Yankalilla should head into this match with a positive mindset, willing to take some chances against the more experienced Victor line up. Although Victor will take this game convincingly, I hope that the Yankalilla girls give it a crack and challenge Victor every step of the way. Victor by 34.
Strathalbyn vs Compass
Strathalbyn are coming off a win and will be looking to get a big percentage boost against Compass this week. Strath have been finals contenders for the last five years, however will likely miss out in 2019 unless they find their strength in the next few games.
Compass are sadly sitting on the bottom of the ladder, but are continuing to put forward a good effort. After getting players back from a few years off, I know that this team will continue to build across the season. Strathalbyn to win by 22.
Creek vs Willunga
After Creek's brilliant effort against Goolwa last week, they will be looking to go one better against Willunga who are currently sitting on top of the League ladder. This will be a hard, contested match which will go down to the wire.
Creek goalies Charlee and Caitlin were on fire against Goolwa and these two young guns will need to be firing again to match the height and strength of the Willunga defenders. Willunga are presenting themselves as the team to beat, however will be challenged through every step of this game. Willunga to win by 7.
I am pleased to hear that GSNA have a senior team organised for country champs, who are also competing in the Mid Hills carnival this Sunday. The team consists of players from Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor, Willunga, Langhorne Creek, Strathalbyn and Myponga. Good luck to all GSNA teams competing this weekend.
Langhorne Creek vs Goolwa
Wow! What an intense game over a full four quarters, the young creek girls held their heads & composure in all areas of the court to shock Goolwa with what they are capable of. The second quarter saw a change in momentum with many contests going Goolwa's way with a ten goal turnaround. Creek managed to continue to play disciplined netball & adjusted their game, which saw them go down by only four goals in total. Amazing netball, full club support & belief in this bunch of girls is paying off. #proudclub. Score 34 - 38
Both teams starting strongly but Creek came out in front at the end of the first quarter by 2. The game opened up as both attacking ends got on top with both teams scoring thirteen goals. The third quarter was another tussle, with no change in the lead. The Creek started the final quarter with a burst and held on to take the points by 5 goals. It was a great contested game and played in good spirits. Score 45 - 40
A great game by the Creek girls against the top side. Goolwa were very strong but Creek had a lot of great plays all over the court and put the pressure on them the whole game, making them work hard for the win. A great team game from Creek showing lots of potential for the remainder of the season. Score 31 - 47
Score 33 - 46
Intermediate Div. 1
With a tight first quarter, Goolwa led into the second by 2. Their experience showed in the second and third quarters, taking a convincing lead. Creek fought back to provide an even & entertaining last quarter. Score 42 - 62
Intermediate Div. 2
After a week off, the girls came out firing with a 16 to 2 first quarter. All girls played particularly well & shared the ball around. A good strong finish to the match saw us winners. Score 65 - 7
Intermediate Div. 4
Langhorne Creek dominated in the centre court with a strong presence in the goals, running out winners by 27. Score 45 - 18
13 & U Div. 1
Langhorne Creek played strongly all over the court, combining well to lead by 16 at half time. Positional changes by Creek at the break took them a while to settle. Sienna Laan created some great turnovers for Langhorne Creek in Goal Keeper. To their credit, Goolwa improved as the game progressed & outscored Creek in the last quarter. Score 29 - 19
13 & U Div. 2
The girls started off slow, easing into the game with a tight win. All the girls played their roles exceptionally well and stayed strong from the first whistle. Toughest game the girls have had but handled it very well. Score 34 - 20
11 & U Div. 1
Score 39 - 1
11 & U Div. 2
Score 8 - 13
Our girls had a tough game today but they came back strong. Everyone played amazing and they did their best.