Central lets loose on Legs

GAWLER Central is one victory away from sealing a finals berth after it disposed of Freeling by 19 goals in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Saturday.
The Redlegs had lost their past six games prior to the contest, and it didn’t get any better as they were down by six goals at quarter-time.
Young Tiger Kira Buckskin was playing well in the circle, while Katie Ward was dominating in her new position of wing attack.
The Redlegs continued to struggle against the rampant Tigers, and were down by 11 goals at the main break.
Ali King then entered the contest for Central and the dominance continued, as her side extended its lead to 16 goals at the final change.
The Redlegs saved their best quarter till last scoring 12 goals, but still conceded 15.
Nikki Dowden was one of the Redlegs’ best players, while Jodi Rich-Nourse also dominated in the circle for the Tigers.
Gawler Central coach Reece Turtur was pleased with his side’s response following last round’s loss to South Gawler.
“Under the circumstances of the weather, which made the play a little bit scrappy, at times, I thought overall we handled it rather well,” he said.
“The girls played a consistent game, it was good to see them step up and commit to the game plan.”
Turtur said Ward’s performance, filling in for regular wing attack Erin Scheepens, made her a standout.
“She was a real controller for us in attack, her feeding into the circle was really strong,” he said.
“Our three goalies stepped up and were contributors for us as well.”
The win has helped prepare the Tigers for a tough run, which involves Barossa District, Tanunda and Kapunda.
“I think we’re getting a taste of what the finals will look like, especially with Tanunda and Barossa to come,” Turtur said.
“We’ve got to tackle those games with a bit of caution and care.
“But, we’re not thinking that far ahead, we have a lot to play for.”

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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