Central claims points

A GRADE: Port's Lauren Lowe looks to pass during Saturday's clash at the netball complex with Solomontown.
A GRADE: Port's Lauren Lowe looks to pass during Saturday's clash at the netball complex with Solomontown.

Week 3 of the Port Pirie Netball Association’s A Grade competition started last Friday night in the John Pirie Secondary School gymnasium with Central Risdon taking the court against St Mark’s Celtic in a late night game.

Following on from previous weeks there were no real surprises in the lineups for the two teams with both Coaches opting to court their usual squads, with Coach Teresa Tancock’s Central Risdon starting Abbey Lagoudis and Alyse Lynch in defence, Alana and Samantha Pine, along with Ashleigh Possingham in the middle, and Keziah Sullivan and Tegan Edwards getting a start in attack.

For SMC, the names were all there, but just in a slightly unfamiliar lineup with Coach Simone Caputo handing Maddison Caputo the Goal Attack bib to pair with Millie Tubb.

Add to these two, midcourters in Brittany Possingham, Chelsea Caputo and Kate Kilpatrick, and defenders Jordan Afford and Katrina Fitzpatrick, and the scene was set, ready to start game one for the round ...

The first quarter was tough, tight and close with no Team willing to give an inch, and exchanging goals for the majority of the quarter. So, after fifteen minutes, Central held a one goal lead with the score 12-11.

At the first break, Brooke Caputo entered the fray whilst sister Maddison moved to defence, and Jordan Afford moved into the midcourt.

But, something sparked for Central after the first break, closing down SMCs scoring opportunities and making the most of their own running in 16 goals to 8 in the second quarter and 18 goals to 13 in the third, with SMCs Chelsea Caputo replacing Brittany Possingham in Centre at the half.

But, at the final change, Kilpatrick and Chelsea Caputo exchanged roles which changed things up for SMC, and they were able to get on a roll and win the final term 13-11, however, the damage had already been done in the first three quarters, and after sixty minutes of netball, Central Risdon took the points with a final score 57-45.

Something sparked for Central after the first break, closing down SMCs scoring opportunities ...

Best players for SMC were Tubb and Kilpatrick, with Katrina Kilpatrick playing four quality quarters of netball, and for Central, Samantha Pine and Sullivan were valuable performers, and Tegan Edwards was adjudged their best with a professional all-around display.

Add to this Abbey Lagoudis being awarded the Player of the Week honours, and it turned out to be a fair night for the Green and Golds.

Then we moved to Saturday afternoon at the PPNAs Hutchison -Maylcha Complex and the game between Solomontown and Port.

Coach Janelle Tattoli used all eight of her usual A list squad in this one, starting with Jacqui Iley and Maddison Pryor in attack, Georgia Scarman, Tayla Stevens and Talisha Warne in the midcourt, and Chloe Knibbs and Emily Gray in defence, so, no real surprises there.

But, for Coach Vinnie Degioia’s Port side, there were a few new names to A Grade netball fans. Joining Jordan Mezzino in attack was Kayla Ford; whilst Kate Tetlow and Eleanore Warren joined Lauren Lowe in the midcourt, and Kelsey Fetherstonhaugh returned to the Port Pirie courts, joining up with Jasmine Goodwin. So, on to Game 2 …

Basically, Solomontown got straight down to business in this one, powering on to a 19-10 lead at the first break, and were in complete control of the game.

Well, almost, anyone who writes Port off does so at their own peril, and despite Coach Tattoli bringing Gracen Dyer on in the defensive circle, Port dug their heels in in the second quarter and fought back to win the next fifteen minutes of netball 12-10 to bring the margin back to seven at the main break, with the Cats ahead 29-22.

Coach Degioia swapped defensive roles for his Port defence with Fetherstonhaugh and Goodwin exchanging bibs, but it was a blue and white flurry in the third quarter with Solomontown once again dominating, and with a 16-9 quarter, effectively took the game out of Ports reach.

Warne returned to the court in the final quarter, which was a miserly fifteen minutes, in which only fifteen combined goals were scored for the quarter, and at the end of sixty minutes, it was Solomontown who took the points with a 54-35 final score. Goodwin and Mezzino were once again good for Port, and Lauren Lowe was named their best after another four quarter effort. And for the cats, Pryor and Dyer were standouts for their Team, but Jacqui Iley was named their best for her irresistible game in the goal circle. This Friday night at the JPSS Stadium will be a couple of hard fought games. At 6:30pm Solomontown take on SM Celtic and then at 8:00pm  Blue Wren tackle Central Risdon, with Port having the bye.

Spencer Gulf Netball Carnival

On Sunday, May 21 the Port Pirie Netball Association will host the 2017 Spencer Gulf Carnival at the Malycha-Hutchison Netball Courts. The Association is overwhelmed with a total of 32 teams participating from Port Pirie, Pt Augusta, Whyalla, Roxby and Northern Areas. It will be a great day of netball with many local players being able to showcase their talent and skills, playing against the best from each association. The day will begin with games starting at 9:00am, with the first lot of semi-finals at 2:30pm. Grades will consist of 11&Under div 1 and 2, 13&Under div 1 and 2, 15&Under div 1 and 2, along with 17&Under. The Port Pirie Netball Association would like to wish all their teams and coaches the best of luck.