Tanunda completes unlikely upset

TANUNDA has claimed a massive scalp in the Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball competition by defeating 2017 grand finalists Kapunda by one goal on Saturday.

The Magpies and Bombers could barely be split throughout the contest, with the former taking a two-goal lead into three-quarter-time.

Kapunda fought back and continued to push Tanunda, but the Magpies resisted.

The Bombers cut the margin back to one goal deep into the final term, and it looked as if they would snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

However, they ran out of time as the Magpies held on for a memorable victory.

Tanunda coach Toni Martin was delighted with the win after being forced to reshape her side mid-week.

“We had a bit of a new line-up, we were missing a few girls,” she said.

“We always play really well against Kapunda and we followed through in the four quarters.

“We just finished off with the win, which was very lucky.

“You always say a couple more minutes and who knows what would’ve happened.

“A lot of people said it was a really good game to watch.”

Martin firmly believes her side is capable of breaking into the top four at the end of the year.

“We’ve been speaking and the scores between every team have been really close; obviously, we had a blow-out in round one,” she said.

“It’ll be interesting who gets into that top four.”

The Magpies mentor also appreciated the tough contest between Lauren Martin and Penny Chappell.

“Alex Benson in goal attack, she was definitely one of the best and Cat Harper in goalkeeper and Lauren and Penny had a good game against each other; she (Penny) just doesn’t stop running,” she said.

The Bombers now have a week off to re-evaluate, while the Magpies take on Willaston this weekend in a game that will be vital come the end of the season.

“Last year against them it was a tough game, they were quite rough,” Martin said.

“They (the players) are a bit better and a bit more settled – preparation will be the same, hard training.

“We’ll be missing Cat Harper, so we’ll need a different tall defender to play goalkeeper.”

 

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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