THE weather may be getting cooler, but the Gawler & Districts netball competition is certainly heating up on the court.
In A grade, St George’s Black continued its winning form with a one-goal triumph over Virginia in a typically tight tussle on Saturday.
St George’s Black fought for a two-goal lead by the end of the first quarter, however Virginia rose to the challenge to level the scores at every change thereafter.
Virginia made some untimely errors in the final term, which St George’s Black converted successfully for victory.
Virginia’s Amber Vidovich worked tirelessly all day, while St George’s Black’s Amanda Read provided on-court guidance for her team, which won 36-35.
In the other match, St George’s White took the points against Gumnuts with a six-goal win.
Gumnuts led at the long break and looked in control, but St George’s White came out firing in the second half and settled into its own rhythm.
White’s defenders Caryn Roberts and Mel Heerebout rattled Gumnuts’ goalies to help their side steal the lead at the end of the third.
White charged home in the last to win 42-36.
In B grade, Gumnuts won convincingly against a strong Lutheran side 49-36.
The first half was anyone’s game – Lutheran’s Keely Sinclair fed the ball well into goalie Sarah Moyle, despite the efforts of Gumnuts’ Libby Parbs.
The lead swung back and forth in the first half, with good play by both sides.
Lutheran’s run slowed down after the main break, allowing Gumnuts to consolidate – following steady goals from Elaine Hobby and Marissa Jones – and surge ahead for victory.
Meanwhile, St George’s beat Virginia in another tight match.
Virginia chased St George’s the entire match and did not capitulate, but the excellent movement from Jessie Nicol and Tammy Lamont in goals did not convert into scoring shots.
St George’s Olivia Cahill and Louise Palk combined beautifully to pick off the rebounds and guide their team to the 39-34 win.
Lastly, Xavier Saints Yellow triumphed in its rivalry match against Xavier Saints Green, bouncing back from recent losses to win by eight
Yellow’s Erin Roe and Jessica Maslin were a formidable partnership in goals and provided their team with stability and confidence.
Green’s defender Brooke Harrison was stoic, but could not stem the flow of goals.
Yellow finished with a 27-19 victory.