Lions win rivalry clash

SOUTH Gawler sits atop the Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball table after defeating archrival Gawler Central by five goals on Saturday.

The Lions burst out of the blocks and put the heat on the Tigers early to lead by nine goals at quarter-time.

Central was already playing catch-up, but looked hungry and cut the deficit to four goals by half-time.

However, it was the third term where the Tigers looked as if they may end the Lions’ unbeaten streak, as the scores were level at 40-all.

Despite losing Bec Brading  through a clash of heads midway through the third quarter, South rallied and ran out 57-52 victors.

South coach Tara Gallarello, whose team was without star Karina Cook this week, said she was happy with the win in a tough match.

“It was a really good game, we got off to a good start then they made a few changes and came back at us,” she said.

“We were a couple down after an injury, but the girls got it together.

“It’s one that we identified that would be a tough game and we wanted to make sure that we finished on top, the same as Angaston last week, and the game the week before against Willaston.

“The competition is really close, and we knew it would always be a tough match.”

Gallarello praised the work of a number of her players in the victory.

“Sonja Davey was amazing, she was really good,” she said.

“Nic Saunders had a really good game as well.”

Gawler Central will now take on Freeling this week, while South Gawler faces Nuriootpa fresh off the bye.

“I guess, again, they’ve been going alright and they’ve had a bye, they only lost to Central by four goals the week before,” Gallarello said.

“I don’t know heaps about them, I guess we’ll work on what we do best.”

 

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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