Country Championships finish for another year

NENA's senior team in the 2019 Priceline Pharmacy Country Championships have brought home the winning medal.

A total of nine A grade players put their hand up to compete in the June Long Weekend competition, which sees country clubs from South Australia compete against one another.

The team representing North Eastern were: Chelsea Panoho (North Clare), Sophie Griffiths (RSMU), Chloe Cross (North Clare), Katie Woodrow (South Clare), Millie Heimjus (North Clare), Jess Aucote (North Clare) Hannah Salter (North Clare), Gracie Ross (Min Man) and coach Katie Liebelt (South Clare). Team Manger was Megan Wurfel.

Competition on Saturday, the first day, saw mixed results and losing player Sophie Griffiths for the last few games.

Team manager Megan Wurfel said the team had plenty of opportunities but unfortunately couldn't get over the line on a couple of the games.

The end results were a loss against Western Border 17-30, A win against River Murray 30-26, A loss against KNTNA 25-27 and a loss against Eastern Eyre 30-33.

Due to the day's results, the team was put down to the B grade division.

"Sunday saw the return of Sophie and the girls came out strong with a very successful day," Megan said.

NENA won against Great Southern 27-24, had a draw against Eastern Eyre 29-29, a win against River Murray 33-16 and a win against Barossa Light and Gawler 39-17.

"We ended the day top of the ladder. On Monday our semi-final was against River Murray and we all were feeling confident as we had beaten them twice over the weekend."

While the nerves got in the way to begin with, it wasn't long before the team gelled together and took the win 25-15.

"We then came up against Eastern Eyre in the Grand final. Again it was a slow start for the girls making lots of errors and Eastern Eyre using every opportunity and were eight goals up half way through the first quarter," Megan said.

The whole team started working together and fought back to be down by two goals at half time. The second half saw NENA keep fighting and with everyone on the court working hard they took the win 33-27.

South's Katie Liebelt was congratulated for being selected in the Priceline Championship Senior Top 10 Players for the carnival.