Willaston’s huge upset

WILLASTON has blown the race for the top four wide open with a shock one-goal victory over Gawler Central in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Saturday.
The Tigers started out strongly, but were held to just three goals in the second term as the Donnybrooks dominated proceedings.
The lead switched a number of times in the final quarter, before Willaston eventually took home the much-needed premiership points.
Willaston coach Kim Walker was proud of her team’s efforts.
“I was really, really happy,” she said.
“It was a really tight match.
“We pulled it together for four quarters to get a win.”
The Donnybrooks now sit half a game outside of the top four.
“It’s really good, we’re right in with the four and we never write ourselves off at all,” Walker said.
“It’s nice as a senior one team to have a win for the club, to keep that positive vibe going.”
Walker was pleased with a number of her players’ performances.
“Tori Miller was best on ground on Saturday, I’ve been very happy with her form,” she said.
“Danica Earle was a solid goalkeeper, she shut everything down in the circle.
“Everyone stepped up, it was a massive team effort.”
Gawler Central coach Phil Hendy was frustrated, but praised Willaston on its victory.
“We got beaten, and we’ll live to fight another day,” he said.
“The second quarter was frustrating, to have 22 entries into our attacking third and to be penalised 14 times to score three goals from three shots was hard to adjust to, but, obviously, we need to address a few things at training.
“But, more importantly, I was so proud of the girls on how they handled the situation.
“You can’t take anything away from Willaston, they played well.
“We just probably weren’t quite good enough when we had those moments in the last quarter, I think the final score line tells the story.”
Hendy rated the defensive performance as the best part of his side’s game.
“Our best would have to be the two defenders, Steph Noack and Alison Schahinger,” he said.
Angaston takes on Gawler Central after the bye, while Freeling will face Willaston.

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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