Ango in finals race

ANGASTON now sits a game and a half outside the Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball top four after it defeated Nuriootpa by 10 goals on Saturday.
The Tigers have struggled all season, picking up just the one victory, but the result could’ve been different on the weekend, with the team trailing by just four goals at three-quarter-time.
The Panthers were missing mainstay Madi Kalleske through an achilles injury, but eventually secured the hard-fought victory.
Panthers’ coach Lee-Anne Cummins was relieved to get the result over her team’s traditional rivals.
“It was tough, again,” she said.
“I’m, obviously, happy to get the win to start the second round off.”
Angaston sits on eight points, three behind fourth-placed Gawler Central, and Cummins is feeling pretty good about the ladder situation.
“It’s absolutely a good feeling, (although) Willaston beating Gawler Central didn’t do us any favours,” she said.
“There’ll be a few teams fighting for that fourth spot, but we need to make sure we’re also beating those sides above us.”
With the Panthers clinging to a narrow lead entering the final term, Cummins was pleased with how her girls responded.
“We had a really good last quarter, which was our aim,” she said.
Cummins singled out a number of her players as stars of the day.
“Ali Lovegrove got our best player on Saturday at goal defence,” she said.
“Both her and Chelsea Duval were brilliant, our defence got us lots of turnover ball.”
Angaston plays Gawler Central after the Zone Championships bye – the result of which could burst the season wide open.
“We need to play four quarters of netball,” Cummins said.
“We were able to stay with them for a half last time, nearly three quarters.
“It blew out in the final quarter, it’s all about being focused for the full game.”
Nuriootpa will face Tanunda after the bye in the hope of earning its second win of the year.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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