Magpies close in on top four

TANUNDA sits just percentage points outside of the Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball top four after it comfortably defeated Freeling by 10 goals on Saturday.
The Magpies were slow to start, and were unable to hold off the Redlegs early, with the two sides tied away at the first change.
However, Tanunda’s defensive pressure subsequently went up a gear, and it began to suffocate the Freeling goalies.
The Magpies charged hard, and led by 11 goals at the half-time break.
Despite its second term dominance, Tanunda’s form slid in the third stanza, and it gave the Redlegs an opportunity to get back into the contest, taking only an eight-goal lead at three-quarter-
time.
Freeling couldn’t back up its third term, and the Magpies sped away to their fifth win of the season.
Tanunda coach Toni Martin said her side went into the match feeling confident of nabbing a win over the lowly Redlegs.
“Our defensive pressure was awesome, which just gave us a lot of turnovers,” she said.
“We didn’t start very well in the first quarter, and they got a couple on us in the third quarter.
“But the second quarter, we pushed forward and we turned the game around.”
The Magpies mentor praised her defence for restricting the Redlegs to just 36 goals for the game.
“Cat Harper dominated in goal keeper, (and) the rebounding was outstanding,” Martin said.
“Jess Cocks in goalie as well, her shooting and rebounding was awesome.”
Martin said that the desperation to break in to the top four is driving her side forward.
“We want it, trust me,” she said.
“We’ve only been discussing how much we need to beat Central and Kapunda to push up that bit higher.”
The Magpies face South Gawler after the bye, while Freeling takes on Barossa District.

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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