Tigers knocked out

SOUTH Gawler will face Barossa District in the preliminary final for the second-straight year after defeating Gawler Central by nine goals in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Sunday.

The Tigers started the game well after getting the first goal, but from there the pace of the Lions was too hot for them to handle.

South controlled the ball for long portions in the second quarter, capitalising on the Tigers’ errors, and led by a couple of goals at half-time.

From there, Central tried to crack back into the game but was unable to inflict any damage, as the Lions ran away with the victory.

The result concludes a frustrating end to the season for Gawler Central, where it lost its last four games.

South coach Tara Gallarello was delighted with the victory.

“We had a really good game, I was pretty happy with that,” she said.

“Winning an elimination final is pretty handy.

“I think they scored the first goal then we got a run on.

“It was a close game, they kept coming back at us.

“Our girls kept their calm and didn’t panic.”

Gallarello also commended the efforts of Nic Saunders and Kate Platten.

“They had great games at wing attack and goal defence, (respectively),” she said.

“I had no bad players and everyone had a good game.”

The Lions will now take on Barossa District, which they have struggled against this season.

“It’ll be a pretty close game,” Gallarello said.

“They beat us quite comfortably last time.

“We played them in last year’s preliminary final, we’ll take some confidence from that.

“Hopefully, we’ll take in that good from from Sunday.”

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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