Tigers show their teeth in big win

GAWLER Central has made a statement to the rest of the Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball competition by belting Angaston by 21 goals on Saturday.
The Tigers went into the match as heavy favourites, and showed why early on, leading by 10 goals at the quarter-time change.
The Panthers lifted their defensive game in the second stanza, but Central was a class above, and extended its lead to 13 goals at the main break.
However, the Tigers put their foot down, led by the star junior Kira Buckskin, and blew the lead out to 22 goals while restricting the Panthers to just six goals.
Angaston’s sole positive was that it took out the final quarter, but the contest was another lowlight in what’s been a poor 2018 campaign.
Gawler Central coach Reece Turtur was delighted with his side’s ruthless streak.
“I think everything went right for us, I’m actually really proud and happy with the way the girls stood up on the weekend,” he said.
“We had a pretty intense training session on the weekend, and certainly the score margin showed what I think was our intensity, and our determination to make a statement.
“At the midway point, we wanted to reflect on where we had been, and also some of the negatives.
“Some of the negatives (included) the losses to Barosssa, South and Kapunda.
“It was a bit of honest communication, and it was good to see the girls translate what we were talking about and implement it into our training strategy and on game day.”
The Panthers went down by only nine goals the last time the sides faced off, and Turtur said that his side wanted to avoid another slow start.
“We certainly touched on what they thought they would bring, and we saw that they had a strong game last week against Nuriootpa,” he said.
“We remembered in our game last time we had a slow start and (that) put us into chase mode.”
Turtur was full of praise for his defensive end for restricting the Panthers to just 36 goals.
“I honestly thought all 10 players stood up, but if I had to pick a few, Ali Schahinger had a strong captain’s match – she stood up and led the team,” he said.
“Her combo with Bec Rowe suffocated the Angaston shooters – holding them to just 36 goals is an impressive result.
“We gave Ali King a break and moved Kira Buckskin in the circle with Jodie Rich-Nourse.”
Despite being within two games of the top two, Turtur has no thoughts about finals.
“I’m not thinking that far ahead, or (about making) top four,” he said.
The Tigers face Willaston after the break, while Angaston has a fortnight off before challenging South Gawler.

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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