Blyth Snowtown Cats continue finals dream

Blyth-Snowtown's Jess Ekmann states down her opponent in A2 netball.

Blyth-Snowtown's Jess Ekmann states down her opponent in A2 netball.

In the North Eastern netball first semi final A1 match played on Sunday, Blyth Snowtown had a good win over Eudunda Robertstown, 50-43.

Possession: Sophie Lloyd holds the ball up for Blyth-Snowtown as she looks for some movement from her teammates. Photos: Carly Grant Photography.

Possession: Sophie Lloyd holds the ball up for Blyth-Snowtown as she looks for some movement from her teammates. Photos: Carly Grant Photography.

The Cats started strongly with accurate shooting and clean intercepts. Lauren Collins continued their strong form in the second as the Cats increased their lead with turnovers from Hayley Zweck and Ellie Ottens.

Mikaela Harbottle spots Sophie Lloyd open.

Mikaela Harbottle spots Sophie Lloyd open.

Saints made positional changes at half  time which saw them make some traction in reducing the lead. Jess Geister and Georgina Pfitzner lead the charge for Saints but Cats were too strong and finished well.

A2 – North Clare 48 v Riverton Saddleworth Marrabel United 30

Cat Stacey Mugge shoots for goal against B.S.R A2s.

Cat Stacey Mugge shoots for goal against B.S.R A2s.

Solid start from North Clare playing controlled netball. Elyce Huppatz and Robyn Coles shot extremely well for North.

RSMU had a great second quarter applying lots of pressure with Abby Griffiths shooting well for RSMU.

North continued to lift with invaluable intercepts by North’s Rachel Pearce. North was unstoppable on the day.

B1 – North Clare 55 v Mintaro/Manoora 41

North got away to a great start in the first quarter with excellent defence across the court and every turnover being converted by Renee Scott and Phoebe Helbig.

Min Man never gave up and kept great pressure throughout but fantastic driving by Tash Liddy and Danni Willis kept North scoring. Kerry Hadley was damaging for Min Man but in the end North ran out comfortable winners.

B2 – Brinkworth Spalding Redhill  45 v Eudunda Robertstown 33

In a close first quarter, both sides tried to make a break but the defensive pressure from both teams was excellent. Accurate shooting from the teams saw the Saints up by one goal at half time.

BSR made some changes at half time which proved game changing with Amy Trengove working tireslessly in defence and Sophie Ashby providing plenty of drive in the mid court to lead by three goals at the final break.

In the last quarter BSR capitalised on turnovers with Justine Cross and Josie Rains shooting well in goals.

C1 – Burra Booborowie Hallett 45 v Mintaro/Manoora 33

An even team game by BBH to have a 24-13 lead at half time.

Min Man went out in the second half and played consistent netball to swing the game with Hayley McLean shooting well. Kel Barns and Caitlin Squire had a good tussle in the midcourt.

Chelsea Couch and Jac Kelly provided lots of turnovers in the final quarter for Min-Man but BBH took the 12-goal win.

C2 – Mintaro/Manoora 31 v Brinkworth Spalding Redhill  32

Both teams started well with scores even at quarter time.

Krystal Wakefield (BSR) and Danielle Wells (MM) has a great contest throughout the game.

Scores remained within two for the game, with many turnovers in the third quarter by both teams providing an exciting final for spectators.  BSR stayed in touch as Min Man hut the lead in the dying minutes.

Katarina Zanet and Tiarne Dearlove defended well allowing BSR to catch up and score the winning goal with seconds to go. Both teams performed extremely well in the wet conditions to keep the crowd enthralled.

U15 – North Clare 35 v Riverton Saddleworth Marrabel United 43

North Clare started strong with all players playing well to lead at quarter time. RSMU made some changes in the second quarter, changing the momentum of the game.

RSMU continued very strongly throughout the game with strong defence and shooting. North lifted in the last quarter but RSMU played controlled netball to run out with a strong win.

J1 – North Clare 23 v Burra Booborowie Hallett 25

Both sides came out firing with defensive pressure all over the court.

The game went goal for goal for the first quarter. In the second quarter BBH stepped it up with some consistent shooting by Scarlett Pearce and great drive through the court by Georgie Lines.

Down by four goals at half time North Clare stood tall in the second half and refused to back off. Lara Jaeschke and Ella Pink combined well in goals, capitalising on some great defensive work by Abbie Brereton.

The last quarter was an absolute cracker with both teams giving their all for each and every ball. BBH held on to finish with a two-goal win.

J2 – Brinkworth Spalding Redhill  28 v Mintaro/Manoora 27

An absolute thriller of a game with these young girls displaying composure in front of a big crowd.

BSR came out firing early with accurate shooting by Holly Weckert and Adelaide Hentschke to be up 15-6 at half time.

Min-Man made some strategic changes and showed they were not ready to concede, fighting back in the second half.

Scarlett Parker’s shooting and leadership in the ring lifted the Min Man side and scores were tied at the end of the fourth quarter.

Milly Schwarz was strong for Min Man driving through the midcourt.

In overtime BSR controlled the ball through the centre with some important turnovers by Isabelle Weckert and Tanicia Mason-Reid to win by one goal.

Well done to all!