Nuri breaks shackles to deny Willaston

WILLASTON’s season is all but over after it went down to bottom-placed Nuriootpa by five goals in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Saturday afternoon.
The Donnybrooks, who have been out of form for the past month, started well and led at the first change by four goals, at which point it looked as if it would be another tough week for the Tigers.
However, Nuriootpa was inspired, after nearly defeating rival Angaston the week before, and tied the game up at the main break.
The Tigers continued to hold off the frustrated Donnybrooks, and led by one goal at the final change.
Nuriootpa maintained its form in the fourth term, led by Tayla Helbig in goalie, and secured the two premiership points which has eluded it all season.
Emily Koch got on top in the middle, while Tarnie Shinnick’s defence limited the Donnybrooks’ attack.
Tigers coach Lynlee Mangelsdorf said that the girls learned from the missed opportunity against the Panthers the week prior.
“We had a great contribution from all eight players on Saturday,” she said.
“All players worked extremely hard and coped well with high-pressure netball, improving consistency and reducing silly errors.
“We were very much in the same position as last week, with a goal for goal game – so certainly (we) learned from last week to make amends on Saturday.”
The Nuriootpa mentor had to take particular notice of a Donnybrooks mid-courter.
“We were very aware of Tori Miller, who is always tight and strong, defensively,” Mangelsdorf said.
“While she had a good game, she wasn’t as dangerous as (she was in) round one.”
The Tigers are now one game away from eighth spot, and the coach is confident of getting her side off the bottom of the table.
“We were really disappointed not to get the win last week and two wins in a row would certainly have left us feeling confident,” Mangelsdorf said.
“We set ourselves some goals in the second half of the season – and we have known we have been improving each week and playing good netball, so we are confident of lifting ourselves off the bottom.”

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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