TANUNDA’S run of good form came to a halt on Saturday after it was comfortably beaten by Gawler Central by 21 goals in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball.
The Tigers, who were without star Ali King due to a personal commitment, started slowly and led by just two goals at the first change.
Central coach Reece Turtur made some changes at quarter- time and it paid off in a big way, as his side held the Magpies to four goals in the second term to extend its lead to 11 goals at half-time.
Tanunda was rattled and tried to claw its way back into the game, but, despite an improved showing in the third stanza, the difference increased to 14 goals.
The Tigers then showed why they’re a genuine premiership contender as they put the Magpies to the sword, scoring 13 goals to six in the final term to seal the win.
Post-match, Turtur was delighted with his side’s response following its loss to Barossa District a week earlier.
“Overall, we were pretty happy with the win, we wanted a strong bounce-back game from the disappointing defeat against Barossa,” he said.
“We went into this game against Tanunda with some specific objectives.
“I think we knew what we had done wrong against Barossa, I don’t think it was a defining feature of our game, and we knew if we put in a consistent performance against Tanunda we’d get the job done.
“We read the comments (in The Bunyip) about Tanunda wanting to take top three, and that gave us a strong incentive to come and show that the spot in the top three is ours.”
The Tigers conceded just 32 goals – their best defensive effort this year – prompting Turtur to heap praise on his defenders.
“I think defensively we were really strong, especially in the circle; Cathy White and Rebecca Rowe were really strong contenders for us, they really made it hard for the Tanunda attackers,” he said.
“Their shooters have been quite vocal these past couple of weeks.
“It was really good to see Pam Warner get the start in wing attack.
“I’ll also give a mention to Tegan Couzner, she went into wing defence in the fourth term and she’s been performing really well.”
Tanunda will take on Nuriootpa after the long weekend bye, while Gawler Central hosts Kapunda.