In an outstanding contest Molly Affolter and her Contax State League reserves team-mates collected the 2018 Netball SA title at Priceline Stadium, on Friday evening, defeating Matrix by three goals, 49-46.
it was a simply cracking encounter with Matrics actually leading during the third quarter as the coaching staff made the move to swap Molly into goal attack.
The scores were locked away at 44-all in the final term with Matrics in possession when Molly created an impressive turnover at a critical juncture of the decider.
“We were always confident, as we knew we usually finish well and had plenty of run,” Affolter said.
Perhaps the BBH netball club’s greatest export, Affolter finished with 16 goals from 24 shots shooting at 66.67 per cent.
This win gave Affolter back-to-back State League reserves titles and she also sat on the bench in the Blues emphatic 73-39 win over Garville in the State League, premier division.
The Central District reserves survived a scare from Glenelg to advance to the SANFL reserves preliminary final next Saturday against Norwood at Richmond Oval
They started impressively kicking six goals to two in the opening term and would hold on to win 12.6 (78) to 11.6 (72).
This was after they conceded the lead to be five points down 13minutes into the final term.
Aaron Nietschke kicked two goals, one of the opening term and a second in the third quarter and finished with 15 touches, six marks and a couple of tackles.
At the Adelaide Oval this Sunday, the Woodville West Torrens Eagles will be looking for another under 18 SANFL crown. A number of North Eastern footballers are expected to play a key role in the clash.
Key defender Ryan Bruce from the RSMU Hawks, Mintaro-Manoora’s Harry Schoenberg, South Clare lad Lachlan McNeil, along with the North Clare pair of Grady Armfield and Tyson Francis is each expected to play roles in the Eagles charge at glory.
Eagles coach Shane Reardon suggested the strength of his group delivered for him consistently.
“This is a great opportunity for a number of talents to further enhance their credibility,” Reardon said.
“We used 53 players across the season and the group has played a consistent style.”
The Eagles were minor premiers, with just two losses and a gained direct entry to the season decider with a second semi final win over South Adelaide.
The Eagles side competed manfully with minor premiers Norwood, but the Redlegs broke away in the end to win by 17 points, in a tough and hard slog.
Jack Hayes must be one of the best contested marks in SANFL football.
In the early game, the Roosters won the first semi-final against Sturt.
Jake Wohling was promoted to the league side for the encounter, playing a strong defensive role.
Jamestown-Peterborough’s Sam McInerney produced another strong game, having 17 disposals and kicking a goal.
MORE TIGER TIME!
Former Mintaro-Manoora playing premiership coach from 2012, Shawn Gibson returned to his former club last year and on Saturday played a key role in defence in the Nuriootpa Tigers second semi-final win over the Tanunda Magpies in the neighbouring Barossa, Light and Gawler competition.
It was a tough and bruising encounter with only seven points separating the combatants at lemons; before the Tigers went on to win by 17 points.
Gibson was a member of a frugal defence, being cool and composed under pressure and using the ball with precision by hand and foot.