Lions lock in double chance after comfortable win

SOUTH Gawler has mathematically secured the double chance after it cruised to a 15-goal victory over Nuriootpa in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Saturday.
The Lions were in command from the start, and found themselves with a hefty advantage early.
However, the young Tigers weren’t ready to lie down, and hit South hard in the second term.
South had already set up a game-winning lead in the first quarter, and continued to build on that in the second half with Bec Brading dominating in defence.
The Lions cruised to victory, but coach Tara Gallarello wasn’t overly impressed with her side’s performance.
“It was okay, I wouldn’t say it was one of our best games,” she said.
“Not taking anything away from Nuri, they played really well.
“Hopefully, that’s our bad one out of the way.”
Gallarello said the game felt like an exhibition match, with both sides having their fates sealed for the end of the season.
“It just felt like everyone was going through the motions, we were probably a bit flat, they’re not playing finals,” she said.
The South mentor commended her defenders for their efforts, but also gave praise to a young Nuri player.
“Bec Brading was outstanding again, she’s had a really good month,” Gallarello said.
“She’d be our recruit of the year.
“Nic Saunders was good in the mid-court.
“Their goal attack, Liana Shinnick, she was very good, I was very impressed with her.
“She was so consistent, she shot very well.”
South Gawler will now take a week off before facing Freeling and Barossa District in what will most likely decide the minor premiership.
“We’ll still train, we have struggled a bit with injuries over the past year,” Gallarello said.
“It’ll be a lighter training before the next few games.”

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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