Mintaro-Manoora took on BSR in the North Eastern netball A1 preliminary final on Saturday, but was unlucky to go down 28-31.
It was a great game of netball with a high standard displayed by both sides in a fast and well contested match.
At the end of the first quarter it was even, both teams’ goalies were shooting well and another battle of the defenders was evident.
Alicia Thomas shot well all game with Bec Moyne and Jo Hill having a very physical tussle.
At half time the score hadn’t changed. Min Man pulled away with accurate shooting. At the final break BSR were down by one.
Some crucial turnovers were taken by Simone Lawry, Meg Geddes and Jessica Ashby in the last quarter which saw BSR jump to the lead. BSR intensified in the last quarter to win by three goals.
A2- RSMU 46 v BSR 59
From the beginning of the game it was a hard fight for both teams. BSR applied full court pressure to every RSMU forward entry.
RSMU had to work hard for any score. The Tigers’ Tessa Weckert and Riley Fitzgerald moved well and shot accurately with RSMU throwing everything they could at them.
BSR had some fantastic turnovers and maintained possession to come away with a handy lead at half time.
Some changes by RSMU hoped to impact the defensive circle.
Paige Rowett for RSMU played a great game in shooter, and her accuracy was spot on.
BSR took a match-winning lead into the last break and were able to maintain their high pressured netball for the entire 60 minutes.
BSR came away with the much sought after berth in the big game next Saturday which promises to be another mouth-watering clash.
B1- BSR 38 v Blyth/Snowtown 46
BSR started off strong with an initial six-goal lead.
It was a fast paced and defensive game with both teams giving their all.
Blyth/Snowtown found their momentum, coming back strong to even the score at half time.
Amanda Harris and Jess Burns were consistent in attack despite strong defence by BSR.
Blyth/Snowtown’s intensity continued with strong, accurate leads through the centre court to take the win by eight goals.
B2- Blyth/Snowtown 32 v BBH 30
Blyth Snowtown started strong with smart feeding by Melissa Cliford.
BBH lifted their intensity in the second quarter but Blyth Snowtown held their lead to be up by seven goals at half time.
BBH made lots of changes at the final break.
Darcy Cousins got some crucial intercepts for BBH and Heidi Thompson shot well to create a thrilling last quarter. Tahlia Tilley rebounded well all game.
C1- BBH 40 v RSMU 36
RSMU came out strong with excellent shooting by Stevie-Lee Dutton. BBH goalies were under tight defence all game from Terri Wilkinson and Jo Mitchell.
It took a while for BBH to settle into the game but picked up their fight to play four consistent quarters of netball.
Ruby Water’s run through the mid court for BBH was excellent all game.
In the second and third quarters the BBH goalies, Neve and Destiny, stepped up and capitalised on all opportunities.
With the lead of the game changing three times in the last quarter, BBH made the most of a close game when it counted, winning by four goals.
C2- Min Man 53 v RSMU 29
The first fives minutes saw a very evenly matched contest with both teams shooting well.
Min Man settled their nerves and the goalies shot accurately to finish the first quarter up by four goals.
Min Man’s tight defence and clear play down the court saw them take a stronger lead by half time.
RSMU came into the third quarter firing with Min Man making unforced errors saw an evenly contested score.
Min Man’s drive and determination in the fourth quarter saw them strengthen the lead further.
15 & under- BSR 48 v Eudunda/Robertstown 33
An unsettled start for both teams with nerves being an obvious factor. BSR soon gained control and displayed accurate shooting and tight defence.
Lucy Meyer and Lauren Ferme dominated the game at either end.
Eudunda/Robertstown fought hard with some good defensive pressure however BSR were too composed and came away with a strong win.
J1- North Clare 28 v Eudunda/Robertstown 39
Saints came out firing in the first quarter to be up by five goals.
The second quarter saw North Clare apply more pressure all down the court, causing Saints to fumble and for North to gain the lead by two goals.
The third quarter saw the Saints come out playing a more consistent game to gain a nine-goal lead.
In the last quarter the Saints continued to play a great game to take the win and score themselves a spot in the grand final.
J2- BBH 20 v Min Man 19
An excellent finals contest. BBH started the first quarter very strongly leaving Min Man struggling to score.
The second quarter became more even but BBH continued to have a handy lead at half time.
Min Man began to play their game and the third quarter saw both teams fighting very hard for the ball with great defence by all girls.
The final quarter saw Min Man come out firing and they managed to peg back the score to make it even in the final minutes, but BBH managed to keep calm and be ahead at the final whistle.
A wonderful final for all of the girls from both teams and they all performed so well with such a large crowd watching on.