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OPEN NIGHT Tuesday 24 June
2014 Netball SA Country Championships
17 & under
It was great to see such a young
and enthusiastic group of girls try out
for the 17 & under team.
Carolyn Michael (Balaklava), with
her abundance of netball knowledge,
took on the position of coach and was
ably assisted by team manager, Leigh
McArdle (Long Plains).
The APNA 17 & under team per-
formed well over the weekend, finish-
ing the carnival third in Division 2.
The girls combined beautifully
as a team both on and off the court.
All showed they were prepared to
have a go and do their best for their
APNA played four games on
the Saturday; the first two against
Northern Areas and Great Flinders
resulting in losses. The margin in the
game against Northern Areas was
seven, after Adelaide Plains led by
two at half time, and a narrow loss to
Great Flinders by just two. Ashleigh
Williams played well in goals and
Amber O’Brien and Aleisha Michael
applied plenty of defensive pressure.
The team enjoyed success in the
last two games on Saturday, beating
Southern Hills by four and Mallee
The girls were working better as
a team, starting to make better use of
their opportunities, which rewarded
them with a couple of wins. Brooke
Wilson played a strong game in the
mid court, well supported by Steph
McArdle. Katrina Price got her hands
to many balls in defence.
After results from Saturday, the
team was placed in Division 2 on
Once again there were four games
for the day.
The first two resulted in losses;
against Port Lincoln and Port Pirie.
In both games, APNA applied
good defensive pressure but wasted
opportunities with poor passing and
decision making when moving the
ball down the court.
Merridy Nicholls played well,
getting many turnovers and providing
opportunities for her team.
Success came in the last two
games; the first win was against Far
West by nine.
All played a more controlled net-
ball game, the ball movement down
the court was much better and the
defensive pressure continued to be
Hayley Squires was strong ing
GA and Madi Rose provided good
backup for her teammates through
the mid court.
The final game for the day was
against North Eastern. The girls strug-
gled against the defensive pressure of
North Eastern in the first half, causing
erratic passing. APNA didn’t use the
ball or capitalise on opportunities.
Being seven down at half time,
many changes were made. Tenneal
White went into C and worked hard,
Ashleigh and Brooke presented well
in attack and Aleisha and Amber
combined well in defence, applying
plenty of pressure.
Turnovers came all over the court
and the team converted these oppor-
tunities. Adelaide Plains were up by
one at the end of the game.
A great win over their neighbours,
who have always had the upper hand
over APNA. The girls were highly
impressed with their achievements
of this game.
The semi-final was against Port
Pirie, who the girls had lost to on the
Sunday, by nine.
Both sides played some fantastic
netball with the defensive pressure by
both teams a highlight.
The game was fast paced and was
played with great intensity.
Adelaide Plains were up by three
at half time, however Port Pirie closed
the gap resulting in a draw, and extra
At this point the crowd was wild
with encouragement. With both teams
keen for a spot in the grand final but ex-
tremely tired and sore after 10 games
of netball, everyone had to dig deep.
The girls gave it their best but
unfortunately went down in extra
time by five.
“I congratulate the girls on the suc-
cess of the weekend and for the way
they representedAPNA,” commented
coach, Carolyn Michael.
Overall, Adelaide Plains Netball
Association was represented extreme-
ly well by all three teams, officials and
supporters throughout the weekend.
APNA vice president, Aishlea
Smith, thanked players and volunteers
for a stellar effort across the weekend.
“Thank you all for your contribu-
tions to the weekend, what a success
to have all three teams make the finals!
“It is unfortunate to see some of the
17 & under players leave the junior
competition, but I am excited for what
next year holds, and the new talent
that will arise.”
PICTURES: Kelly Buckby and Aishlea Smith
17 & under team finishes third in championships
n STEPHANIE McArdle, APNA, rips the ball away from her Port
Pirie opponent in the 17 & under competition.
n TAYLA Williams, APNA, receives the ball ahead of her
opponent in the 15 & under competition.
n HAYLEE Studham, APNA 13 &
under, grounds herself after a receival.
is ready to
n AMBER O’Brien, APNA, stretches
for an intercept during the 17 & under
game against River Murray.
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