West Gambier no challenge for polished Saints

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HEAVY BLOW: Paige Nitschke and the Millicent Saints landed a heavy blow to West Gambier's Western Border netball premiership hopes with a big A Grade semi-final victory at Blue Lake Sports Park on Saturday. Pictures: JAMES MURPHY

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HEAVY BLOW: Paige Nitschke and the Millicent Saints landed a heavy blow to West Gambier’s Western Border netball premiership hopes with a big A Grade semi-final victory at Blue Lake Sports Park on Saturday. Pictures: JAMES MURPHY

A GRADE – MILLICENT 60 d WEST GAMBIER 29

MILLICENT’S premiership defence continued in the right direction after a convincing 31-goal victory over West Gambier in the A Grade Western Border netball second semi-final on Saturday at Blue Lake Sports Park.

The Saints were at their best from defence to offence with their speed across the court troubling the Roos.

West was denied any rhythm or space as Hayley Dunn, Madi Haggett, Hannah Nitschke and Lisa Duldig worked together as a formidable Millicent defensive unit.

Their efforts caused the Roos to be inaccurate, while at the other end of the court, Donna Denton and Demi Verbena converted the majority of their shots to ensure the minor premier dominated the scoreboard.

The pair’s accurate passing and finishing ability overcame strong resistance from Maddy Teakle, who led the Roos in goal keeper.

Denton netted 35 goals from 41 shots, while Verbena converted 25 from 33.

The closest battle on the court was in the middle between West and Millcent’s respective centre players Emily Hunter and Duldig.

Nitschke enjoyed one of her best games of the season and played a significant role in defence, as her hard work in the goal circle stifled the Roos’ attack.

Nitschke was joined by Denton in the best players, while Teakle and Hunter waved West’s flag.

The Roos will now face East Gambier for a place in the grand final alongside Millicent.