BAROSSA District defeated Nuriootpa by 16 goals on Saturday to extend its undefeated run to seven matches and add another week of misery to the Tigers’ winless streak.
The Bulldogs emerged 61-45 victors, setting up a mouth-watering contest with top-of-the-table South Gawler – which is also undefeated – after the June long weekend bye.
Nuriootpa battled hard in the first quarter to stay afloat, heading into the first break just five goals down, before Barossa broke away in the second to extend its lead to 14 goals.
Barossa added two goals to its lead in each of the following quarters to finish with the comfortable win.
Barossa coach Roz Fraser said the match provided another opportunity for her girls to experiment with their structure.
“It was pretty good, we did a lot of combination changes and got all 10 players on the court and it was a good hit out, and it was a good chance for us to try a few things,” she said.
Despite this, she felt the Barossa charges still had to work hard for their goals, with Nuriootpa goal defence Tarnie Shinnick doing her best to keep them honest.
“She’s a good little player, she always has been,” she said.
“She’s always one to cause a little bit of grief for the shooters.”
Lee Barnett, who started in goal defence for Barossa, was credited by Fraser for stringing together a few solid matches in recent weeks.
“Lee was really consistent for us on Saturday,” Fraser said.
“She’s been pretty consistent the past few weeks, she had a bit of time off court.
“Zoe Hoffricther did really well, and Lisa Wilson played out at goal attack for a while.”
Barossa can now enjoy a break this weekend, before turning its attention to the much-anticipated top-end battle with South Gawler.
“It’ll be tough, obviously, we’re both undefeated,” Fraser said.
“I guess it’s going to be who’s the most prepared for it at the time – (I’m) not sure what to expect yet.
“We’ll train hard and, hopefully, be right for it.”