Saints hush Hop­pers

Southern Riverina news - - NETBALL -

In keep­ing with tra­di­tional fi­nals con­di­tions the weather sparked for a great net­ball con­test when Ber­ri­gan hit out against Ren­nie in their B grade elim­i­na­tion fi­nal at Yar­roweyah on Sun­day.

The de­ter­mined Saints were primed and took con­trol from the first whis­tle of the Pi­cola & District League clash.

Coach Natalie Ferguson in WA was cool un­der pres­sure and dis­played the true def­i­ni­tion of lead­er­ship with her fan­tas­tic sec­ond and third ef­forts in at­tack­ing the ball.

Paula Gowans was un­stop­pable in GS Barker. Photo cour­tesy He­len show­ing flex­i­bil­ity in ad­just­ing to the tough de­fen­sive play­ing con­di­tions, keep­ing Ren­nie’s de­fend­ers guess­ing in each pas­sage of the Saints’ at­tack­ing play.

She was well sup­ported by sis­ter and sea­soned player Peta in the cen­tre, who di­rected the play nicely through the mid­court and Jess Schif­ferle in GA po­si­tion­ing her­self well in the mo­ments of the game where it mat­tered the most.

The de­fen­sive com­bi­na­tion of Kylie Tit­low and Rach Arnold in the cir­cle was in­tense and both adapted to the shoot­ers play­ing style well, caus­ing many headaches and turnovers for Ren­nie's at­tack­ing end.

They were well sup­ported by Tem­ica Fitzger­ald in WD, ap­ply­ing plenty of pres­sure from the cen­tre and across the top of the cir­cle.

To Ren­nie’s credit they were re­lent­less and kept the pres­sure to the Saints, how­ever the com­po­sure and ex­pe­ri­ence of Ber­ri­gan re­warded them with the de­sired re­sult and op­por­tu­nity to fight through an­other week of fi­nals. Fi­nal score, Ber­ri­gan 49 to Ren­nie 38. The Saints will face Jer­ilderie in a semi fi­nal at Ren­nie on Satur­day.

Sadly it was the end of the road for Ber­ri­gan’s Un­der 17s, go­ing down to Katunga by 24 goals at Pi­cola on Satur­day. Fi­nal score, Katunga 45 to Ber­ri­gan 21. The Saints’ sea­son in C grade was also ended abruptly, fall­ing to ri­val Jer­ilderie by three goals at Waaia on Satur­day.

Fi­nal score, Jer­ilderie 43 to Ber­ri­gan 40.

Ber­ri­gan WA Tamika Nolan rock­ets her pass away in C grade.

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