Canteen Lady: Close games tighten GSNA ladder

After Round 4, the GSNA League ladder is the closest it has been in years at this point in the season.

I do enjoy getting out of the canteen and watching some great netball.

At the weekend, Victor Harbor were looking for a strong win against Mount Compass to secure their spot in the top four.

Both Victor and Mount Compass utilised some of their awesome young talent.

Victor gave Inter players Sophie Liddell and Taya Forbes an opportunity to show their talent, with both making their debut in the League team.

Mount Compass also played the young Ebony McHugh in their league team. Ebony is a genuine defender however, when put in the GS position, she certainly gives 100 percent and is deserving of her spot in the senior side.

Victor were too strong and won 63-30.

I was spot on with my predictions for the Myponga vs Strathalbyn game. Occasionally, I get it right!

I did say that Strathalbyn lack some court structure. Myponga certainly took advantage of this and were able to get a few touches that allowed them to capitalise in the goal end.

It was an extremely close game all day and could have gone either way. Myponga were just too strong in the end.

Myponga won the game 39-33.

McLaren made the long haul to Langhorne Creek and they will be shaking their heads as to how this match was able to get away from them.

After last week's close game against Willunga, they went in favourites (well, by me anyway).

Creek were without Brooke Tonkin and whilst that should have been a big gap in their mid court, they certainly didn't let it stop them.

Langhorne Creek are another club giving young Inters an opportunity in League.

Congratulations to Miah Follett for another great game.

This game ended in a draw at 43 apiece.

The Yankailla girls continue to make me smile with their determination and never-say-die attitude.

This week was never going to be an easy one for Yank and I predicted a much bigger score than what it ended up being, considering Willunga were back to their full line up with Sasha Williams in defence and Emily Frahn in attack.

Yankaililla will be taking some positives out of the game, as their defence worked extremely hard to keep Willunga to only 44 goals.

Willunga won 44-26.

Round 5 predictions

Round 5 is set to be a great one and I predict some very close games. McLaren have the bye this week.

Willunga are home to Goolwa. Goolwa are certainly not the team they have been over the last few years, as players have come and gone.

However, they still have some experience in Kylie Jarrett and Joanna Wilson and they will rely on these ladies to steady the ship if they want to get close to Willunga.

In saying that, Willunga at full strength with Amy Bull, Morgan Hill and the Hank sisters will just be too good and too strong for Goolwa.

Willunga by 18.

Myponga will be feeling good after their win against Strathalbyn.

Whilst Victor Harbor are still working with mid court and defensive options, they have great depth in their Senior 2's and Inters to utilise.

It would be great to see the young girls get another crack at the big time again this week.

Myponga will certainly not make it easy for them and they will need Chelsea Prizibilla and Jasmin Vallance to step up and utilise their speed through the mid court to have any chance of stopping the drive by Victor Harbor.

Victor Harbor by 25.

Strathalbyn are away for two weeks in a row and will head to Yankalilla.

I think I will join them and visit the Yankalilla Bakery on the way!

Strathalbyn are a good team and have both experience and youth, but will need all players performing if they want to beat this young Yankalilla team.

Yankalilla's Ella Riley will certainly have her work cut out for her in goals as the Strathalbyn defence are very physical, but she is certainly not easily intimated and if she has her eye in, it will be a close game.

Yankalilla by 2.

The final game of the round is between Mount Compass and Langhorne Creek.

Mount Compass will be wanting to redeem themselves after a significant loss to Victor Harbor, and Langhorne Creek will be hoping to get a win after their thrilling draw with McLaren.

Mount Compass goalie Sam Low will certainly know her opposition as Langhorne Creek are a very physical team.

If she can maintain her composure and shoot the long bombs that we are used seeing her hit, then Mount Compass may be in with a chance.

Langhorne Creek's goalies are also very accurate when they get the ball and the Mount Compass defenders will need to work hard to keep them quiet.

Maybe young Ebony McHugh is up to the challenge to stop them?

Mount Compass by 3.