Kapunda storms into decider

KAPUNDA has booked a spot in the 2017 Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball grand final after defeating Barossa District by six goals in Saturday’s second semi-final.

The Bulldogs started well and took a two-goal lead into the first break.

With her side on the back foot, Kapunda coach Sarah Johnson made some tactical changes, which included junior Darcie Brown moving into wing attack.

The Bombers hit back and levelled the game by the half-time whistle.

However, after the long break Kapunda rallied and worked hard under the ring to take a four-goal lead into the final quarter.

The Bulldogs were unable to find an answer for the relentless Bombers, who earned a second grand final berth in as many years.

Johnson was proud of her side’s complete team effort.

“It was a great game of netball, it was played in very good spirits by both teams,” she said.

“I thought Saturday we were pretty good.

“We didn’t single out any players as standouts, to be able to win a semi-final you can’t have individuals; it needs to be a whole team effort.”

Barossa District will now take on South Gawler in Saturday’s preliminary final at the Lions’ den, while Kapunda will be watching on ahead of the grand final at Nuriootpa.

However, Johnson said her side won’t try to reinvent the wheel ahead of the decider.

“There won’t be anything done differently,” she said.

Jack Hudson


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.