South Gawler win married by serious injury

A SEASON-ending injury to South Gawler’s Kate Platten has dampened her side’s eight-goal victory over Kapunda in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Saturday.
The Lions attacker injured her Achilles, which left coach Tara Gallarello feeling flat, but confident of being able to replace her for the remainder of the year.
“Our twos are really strong, so there’s definitely some options there,” she said.
“We have a week off and we had a few other injuries.”
Despite the season-ending injury, the Lions rallied to overcome the in-form Bombers.
The two sides could barely be split, which showed how far Kapunda has come since the start of the season.
Penny Chappell and Nic Saunders were locked away in a classic battle, while Karina Cook had to carry a large part of the shooting alongside debutant Kelsie Wilksch, due to Sonja Davey’s absence.
However, the Lions could not be denied, and claimed the double over last year’s grand finalists.
Post-match, Gallarello said that Platten was just one of a few injuries to her girls.
“It turned out to be a pretty important result, because we didn’t get through the game too well, we had a few injuries,” she said.
“Brooke (Giorgetti) has got to see how she’s going as well.”
Before the match, Gallarello outlined how she planned on shutting down the Bombers’ relentless defence.
“They’ve been in good form,” she said.
“They’re all over the court defensive and have a crack at anything.
“Once they get a roll on, they’re very hard to stop.
“We needed to shut down their flow, and we had a young girl (Wilksch) in goal shooter – that was her first game playing in the ones.
“To come in a big game like that and play that well.”
Despite the injuries, Gallarello is confident that her side is well-placed to secure a top two finish.
“I think we’re in a good position, that’s a good thing,” she said.
“We’ve got a strong team, I’ve still got a strong group of girls back.”
The Lions take on the finals-hungry Tanunda after the bye, while Kapunda face Nuriootpa.

Jack Hudson


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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