Roos remain untouchable

SIGHTS SET: West Gambier centre Tara Bryant looks for an option down court on Saturday. Picture: ELISABETH CHAMPION


THE top-of-the-table meeting between North Gambier and West Gambier at Vansittart Park certainly delivered in the opening quarter, but ultimately the visiting Roos proved too strong.

The Round 6 Limestone Coast netball clash had both sides open strongly, using clinical ball movement to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

By the first break West held a slim two-goal lead.

The second quarter became all about Sarah Ritter as the West shooter dominated possession and converted 15 goals from 18 attempts to help the Roos extend their lead to seven at the main break.

North continued to stay in the contest in the third but could not reel in the margin and faced a 10-goal deficit at the final change.

It was a case of one-way traffic in the last as West’s defensive pressure started to take a toll on the turnover front and Ritter grabbed the game by the scruff of its neck.

She scored 18 from 22 as West powered to a 21-goal victory.

North did try a new combination in that final quarter, with Ava Collins entering the game at goal defence, Lauran Norman moving back to take on Ritter and Stella Mobbs taking the goal shooter bib.

However, it clearly did not have the impact coach Kaitlin Egan had hoped for.

Ritter was clearly the dominant player on court with good support – in terms of feeding and accurate finishing from her limited scoring opportunities – from Lisa McGregor.

Amy Cram continues to be the turnover queen and the way she marshals the West troops in the defensive goal third ensures no team has an easy scoring opportunity against the Roos.

Brianna Walters was at her hard-running best and so safe with ball in hand for the Tigers, while Kelly Lockwood was again tough to contain at goal shooter.