SANDY Creek continued its extraordinary run towards finals with a win against United Netball Club in Gawler & Districts A-grade netball on Saturday.
Defender Jenny Dyson is a formidable strength against any goalies, and United’s attack line was put under considerable pressure.
Any minor errors made by United were converted and raised Sandy Creek’s score line.
Paula White was back on the court for Sandy Creek and the tussle in the goal ring between her and United’s Eleanor Heinrich was a highlight of the third quarter.
United was strengthened by the addition of Shannon Jackson, but this did not dent the exceptional play of Sandy Creek, which won 55-25.
In the other A-grade match, Xavier Saints faced a determined St George’s team.
Not yet at full strength, St George’s restored its confidence with a powerful result against the younger Saints side.
Xavier has been showing excellent development, indicated by its continued fight in a match that was driven from the first siren by the more experienced St George’s outfit.
At the long break, St George’s led by 14 goals, and continued to consolidate its score in the final half with assistance from Rebecca Holliday and Sarah Kent.
Despite hard work all day by Xavier’s Ayla Barth, St George’s won by a convincing 34-goal margin.
In B-grade, Lutheran and St George’s fought a battle of monumental proportions.
Both sides are fighting for a position in the top two and their desperation was evident from the first whistle.
St George’s is hitting its straps and getting better, week by week.
Stalwart Sue Hendry fed into the St George’s goalies with precision, avoiding the expert defenders Shay Lee Toet and Hannah Obst, who were working hard for Lutheran.
Only one or two goals separated the teams at each break, with the lead swinging between each of them.
The last quarter was goal for goal, with runs for the lead being made by both teams.
Shelly Thrussel was tireless in defence for St George’s and both sides ended up with a point at the final siren, sharing a 33-all draw.
In C-grade, Xavier Saints Yellow had a brilliant win over a depleted Virginia side.
Both sides missed vital goals in the first quarter, which proved telling.
Xavier made changes in the second quarter, which included moving Elycia Mogan into goalie, which resulted in an onslaught of goals.
Virginia goalie Laura Marando tried to respond with attempts at long bombs, which were successful but few and far between.
Xavier was assisted by fresh legs and player versatility, running away with the points, 49-25.