KNTNA Country Championships junior reports | 13s, 15s, 17s

THE KNTNA 13 and under side had a good showing at the country champs.

Saturday - Division one Pool B

1. KNTNA (11) 23 - River Murray (6) 10     

After 10 minutes the nerves settled then KNT had fantastic defensive pressure leading to strong play through the centre in attack with goalies easily able to work through to score.

2. KNTNA (20) 33 - Port Pirie (1) 7          

As we were a more dominant team through the whole court positional changes were made allowing new combinations to be used.

3. Great Southern (5) 10 - KNTNA (7) 9          

Girls became tired but still managed to have the advantage over the opposition in a less than ideal, scrappy, game.

Attackers worked well into the goal circle with the shooters moving easily to score.

Sunday - Div.1 Pool A

1. KNTNA(9) 17 - Mid Hills (7) 11

With constant pressure and hands over the ball allowing us to convert "held balls" to goals it was a great first game for the day. Calculated mid court and defensive turnovers saw the ball go straight to the goalies for accurate scores.

2. Riverland (13) 20 - KNTNA (4) 7

We were defeated by a much stronger team who were tight full court with few forced errors. Our girls kept the pressure up but were not able to get in front.

3. Western Border (10) 17 - KNTNA (5) 11

With a slow start for us the WBNL were able to get ahead however our girls picked up pace and were able to keep the gap to a minimum against a stronger team.

4. Mid SE (9) 16 - KNTNA (8) 15

Playing on court one the whole game was even with both teams being consistent throughout the court.

Play was clean with a nail biting finish, the siren sounded our goalie was about to shoot the goal for a draw.

Monday - finals division one

Great Southern 19 - KNTNA 12

Having played them previously we knew what we had to do. KNT girls showed great defence with continued pressure in defence and the centre areas resulting in getting the ball into attack.

Goalies worked much better, using the ring well to get their positions but their tall defence with long arms kept us at bay.

The 13 and under team should be proud of their achievements this week on representing their clubs and the league.

Consistently they showed maturity; listened to advice to improve their play and every game gave every effort they could. Well done girls on making the finals.

Coach - Sharon Miels (Bordertown), manager - Catherine Wright (Kingston), Courtney De Barro, Sophie Simpson (Keith), Katie Dent, Annabel Hayes (Penola), Nikki Gluyas, Eliza Peters, Eliza Wright (Kingston), Victoria Mould (Kyby), Natasha Green (Naracoorte), Lily Pfitzner (Border Districts).

THE KNTNA 15 an under team were the most successful team at the Country Championships over the June long weekend, being the only team from the association to make the grand final on the Monday. 

Ten girls represented the association, all very talented and showing strengths in the goals, mid court and defence. This set them up well for many wins over the three day carnival. 

The girls only lost two games over the weekend and both times to the Western Border team.

Saturday's draw saw them account for River Murray, North Eastern, Port Lincoln and Southern Hills. 

Essential to a good start the goalies did not take long to work out each other's game style and the mid court and defence provided many turn overs, reading the ball well. 

Playing two 15 minute halves for each game they were unable to string together two consistent halves but one strong half was enough to win all games for the day.

Sunday morning the girls were given a wakeup call going down to Western Border by a significant margin! 

Western Borders' tall and very accurate Goal shooter proved and focal point and hard to stop! There was room for improvement though and everyone was aiming to meet them again in the grand final. 

Wins were recorded for the rest of the day against Port Pirie, Mid Hills and Yorke Peninsula.

Monday morning saw the finals start meeting Barossa, Light, Gawler in the quarter finals. 

The goalies needed no settling in during the first half and were shooting well straight up, some handy turnovers and defensive court pressure provided the goalies with many opportunities, an easy win at the final whistle.

Advancing to the semi finals and finishing at the top of the pool after the previous games strong win saw the girls playing Adelaide Plains. A brilliant first half with many turnovers and a high work rate meant KNT had a handy lead. 

The first five minutes of the second half saw a lapse in concentration and the Adelaide Plains girls were within two goals.

To the girls' credit they re-focussed and with good defensive pressure all over the court caused many turnovers and the goalies capitalised on these opportunities. They were eventual winners and a berth in the grand final against Western Border.

Happy to finally make it indoors for a game on the boards the girls got to have another shot at beating Western Border. The game was certainly a vast improvement from their previous encounter on Sunday morning, with everyone focussed and ready to run! 

The first half was very even with all goalies proving very accurate and feeding the ball into the circle beautifully. Both teams were creating turnovers through the mid court which made for an enthralling game for the large group of spectators. 

The second half started where the first had left off, a fast paced game with some long shots swishing through the ring. 

With four minutes remaining the game was still in the balance with only one goal in it.

Western Border forced a couple of turnovers and also picked up rebounds from the KNT to move a couple of goals ahead. 

KNT were not able to create turnovers as they had been despite their best efforts and with only a minute to go Western Border had moved out of striking distance and ran out winners at the final whistle. 

KNT had given it their all and had left nothing in the tank, a stellar performance from a talented group of girls.

- Debra Clarke

THE 17 and Under KNTNA netball team started their Country Championship campaign on May 31 with an opening round match against Port Pirie.

The team settled well with all players taking the court and contributing to an opening five goal win. Grace Hausler set the tone with several early turnovers in defence.

Georgia Cadzow was strong in the goal ring with accurate passing and shooting.

The second game was up against Mid Hills. Beautiful feeding into the goalies from Bonnie Edwards was a highlight and strong defence resulted in lots of tips and loose ball which were gathered well by Grace Huasler, Hetty Munn and Georgia Exton. The goalies again finished well for a seven goal win.

Game three saw the team face off against River Murray. An early tournament ending injury to Elise Foulds proved to be a huge influence on the rest of our campaign.

The team rallied well and showed their versatility. Despite battling hard River Murray came away with a three goal win.

Our last game of the opening day was against Port Lincoln two where the team came away with a confidence boosting decisive win.

Carlee Feder shone in defence and Coda Cox was strong and reliable through the mid court.

The three wins from four games resulted in the team moving into the division one pool on Sunday.

Sunday proved to be a challenging day. The girls faced the strong Western Border team in the first game. Despite strong and accurate shooting by Georgia Exton the team went down by seven goals.

Game two was a close battle against Northern Areas. The girls fought back to lose by only one after being seven down.

Sarah Diment applied lots of defensive pressure and strong drives through the mid court.

We then met Great Southern in game three whose accurate goal shooter and strong defensive game proved difficult to match with the team going down by eight goals.

Defenders Carlee Feder and Grace Hausler fought hard all game.

Our final game on Sunday proved to be our final game of the tournament against Barossa Light and Gawler. While the team again went down for the day they battled hard with Amelia Nolan providing lots of drive through the mid court and leading her team well as she had done all tournament.

Disappointingly the four losses on Sunday saw the team finish fifth in their pool missing out on the final series on Monday. This talented and focused group of girls are to be commended for their efforts over the weekend.

- 17 and under team manager Kirstie Croser