Panthers pounce on premiership

ANGASTON has taken out the inaugural BLGW senior women’s premiership by defeating Barossa District Blue by 15 points on Sunday.

Barossa Blue started off the more threatening of the two sides in the first term, but couldn’t make the most of its opportunities, going into the first break 1.5 to Angaston’s 1.0.

The Panthers took control of the arm-wrestle from there, but couldn’t break away until late in the final term, with their margin floating around the one goal mark for most of the match before
then.

They were helped on by a brilliant best-on-ground performance by Amanda Reinders and three goals from captain Charlotte Spence, including the final goal of the game.

“It was (thrilling), it was very intense, pretty rough,” Spence said.

“Barossa always give us good competition, which is good.”

Spence said it was a privilege to captain the side to its first-ever premiership.

“No matter, win or lose, everyone’s got smiles on their faces – it’s been such a privilege to captain them, and I couldn’t ask for a better team,” she said.

“I’m hoping we can (back it up next year), because our ruck, Maddy Kalleske, was out with an ACL, so it’ll be good to get her back next year and hopefully play in another grand final and give her a run.

“Hopefully, some new girls join, some new faces.”

Bombers reign supreme

Kapunda has completed its back-to-back premiership fairy tale in the BLGW under 17s by defeating Barossa District White in a nail-biting finish to the 2018 season.

Buoyed by their shock semi-final win, in which they beat the previously undefeated Angaston, the Bombers made it two from two grand finals with a two-point win, secured by an immense second
quarter effort.

Kapunda captain Darcie Brown wasn’t sure which of the two premierships was her favourite.

“It’s good to do it again with Kapunda, with the girls that I go to school with that missed out last year,” she said.

“It was a lot closer, this one, which was pretty good.

“I was just like, siren please go – I was freaking out a little bit, but I was confident that the girls could keep the backline good, and they did do that really well.”

Panthers get redemption

Angaston’s under 14 girls have redeemed their 2017 grand final loss by beating Willaston by eight goals to take out the 2018 premiership on Sunday.

Angaston’s Kate Argent- Bowden described the feeling after the win as “unreal”.

“I didn’t even think I’d be here, like, two years ago and, from last year’s heartbreak, to this year’s amazing victory, it’s just ridiculous,” she said.

“We were a lot more determined because, I guess, we were all really nervous going into last year.

“We didn’t really have a lot of experience, we were all, sort of, doing our own thing.

“Then, this year, we really came together as a team and got some coaches and some supportive groups around us, and managed to pull it off.”

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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