As we head into our last Saturday break of the season, the fight for fourth spot between Myponga, McLaren Vale and Strathalbyn heats up. All three teams have the belief that they can make it and with only six rounds left it will be a rush to the finish line.
In round 12, I was completely baffled at the margin between 2018 grand finalists Goolwa and bottom of the table Yankalilla. Five goals was all that separated the two teams and credit must go to the incredibly young Yank team.
By no means should they have been able to get so close to the experienced Goolwa team. I was impressed that Goolwa gave junior gun Tahlia Griffiths a run in goals. Jordan Hooper's appearance in the team seems inconsistent, which would not be helping their progress. More leadership and support needs to come from Joanna Wilson, Chaisley McCardle and Jessica Cuppleditch, who are the more experienced players of the side.
Strath had a hard fought game against Creek and were able to sneak away with a win by 9 goals. Although Creek have not been able to notch up many wins this season, they are to be commended on their efforts.
Strath have finals in their sights and are running with a consistent line up each week. This set seven will get stronger with every match and has the potential to ruffle some feathers moving forward. Candice Holdsworth has hit some form in goals and Kim Cutting continues to cause headaches for all opposition centres.
I predicted a closer match between Vale and Willunga, with Willunga taking the game by 14 goals. Willunga have only been challenged once this season, by the competition leaders Victor and accounted for every other team easily.
They are playing good netball and are the favourites for a spot in the grand final this season. Amy Bull is juggling her netball commitments between Wood Panthers and Willunga and is proving a steady, versatile player for the girls in red and white. Morgan Hill and the Hank sisters continue to dominate the centre court and will be instrumental in the lead up to finals. Vale must come out firing after the break.
The last match was between Myponga and Compass, which was my first accurate pick of the season - 6 goals! Mount Compass have improved drastically since the last time the two teams met and will be proud of their efforts.
With confidence, Ally Stewert and Hayley McCade are hard to stop in goals, with other girls finding form. I am seriously worried about Myponga, with their next three games against Strath, Victor and Vale determining their season. I wonder if they have the leadership and determination to keep their finals chances alive?