A GRADE – KALANGADOO 61 d GLENCOE 51
KALANGADOO A Grade netballers continued their stellar Mid South East netball run on Saturday, with their eighth premiership in a row.
The Magpies faced a tough Glencoe outfit at Mount Burr, but walked away with a solid 10-goal victory in harsh conditions.
Kalangadoo began strong and shot out to a six-goal advantage at the first break.
Chelsea Croser and Lauren Duncan worked hard at the defensive end for the Magpies to create plenty of pressure.
After the break Glencoe settled and the game went goal for goal.
The contest became scrappy due to the pressure across the whole court.
Glencoe seemed to make better use of the ball late in the second quarter to bring the score back within five goals after Kalangadoo had stretched the margin to nine.
Both sides struggled to adjust to the umpiring calls, with Deanna Stainer and Kelly Jordan on top of the play early.
The Magpies brought Melissa Russell in at goal shooter to replace Ebony McDiarmid and started the third quarter converting from Glencoe’s centre pass.
Jayde Peacock began to have an influence through the middle and Kalangadoo extended its lead to 10 goals.
Jenna Paproth continued to work hard in goals for the Murphies, but Russell’s experience gave Kalangadoo plenty of options.
However, a blood rule sent Peacock off the court and Russell moved to centre, with McDiarmid back on the court at shooter.
Glencoe was not able to settle due to the pressure applied by Kalangadoo, who stretched the lead out to 16 goals at the final break.
From there the Murphies began to fight back into the contest, with the first goal of the last quarter.
Glencoe continued to work hard throughout the quarter, reducing the margin.
Kalangadoo’s Jane Nunan then left the court with the blood rule and Russell returned to the game at centre.
Despite the changes and the best efforts of the Murphies, Kalangadoo came away with the win to cap off an impressive finals campaign.
Best on court went to Kalangadoo’s Abbey Duncan.