Tumby topples ladder-leaders Ramblers

Great Flinders netball

Tumby Bay def Ramblers 56-44

Tumby Bay had a strong win over ladder-leaders Ramblers on Saturday, after a strong performance by young goal attack Desi Franks.

Franks, who was playing alongside her mum Shae in goal shooter, was in fine form, missing a mere three goals for the match.

While Ramblers were first on the board, the first quarter was all Tumby Bay.

The efforts of Blues’ defenders Somma Cave and India Copeland gave their goalies plenty of opportunities.

Accurate feeding from Ramblers’ midcourt Morgan McDonald and Aimee Pedler was the highlight for the Maggies.

Tumby took a 16 to 8 goal lead at the first break.

Ramblers’ wing defence Kira Symonds took to the bench, to be replaced by Madeline Crettenden.

Desi Franks’ accuracy continued, despite her opponent Lisa Richardson’s best efforts.

Tumby’s feeders Chelsea Franks and Karlee Dunn were placing the ball with precision.

Despite this, Ramblers’ had some good passages of play and stuck with the Blues side throughout the quarter.

Scores were Tumby Bay 27 to Ramblers 20 at half time.

Ramblers made more changes, replacing goal keeper Laura Hall with Crettenden, with Symonds returning to wing defence.

The Ramblers defence lifted, with Crettenden’s fast feet enabling her to get her hands to many balls.

The defenders were strong down Tumby’s end also, with Abby-Lee Burrows struggling to get the ball past the tall Cave.

Ramblers struggled to peg back Tumby’s lead, with 10 still separating the teams at three-quarter time.

Ramblers worked hard in the final quarter but were not good enough to peg back an earlier lead made by a hungry Blues side.

A tactical time-out by the Tumby side saw coach Charmaine Cross take to the court in wing defence, with young Kayla White to the bench.

Tumby continued to work both ends of the court well and were more skilled on the day.

Final scores were Tumby Bay 56 to Ramblers 44.

Desi Franks was deservedly awarded Tumby Bay’s incentive, with the ever-committed Morgan McDonald taking out Ramblers’ award.

IN THE AIR: Lock goal shooter Belinda Gray receives the ball defended by Cougars goal keeper Belinda-Jane Moroney. Picture: Meryl Weetra

IN THE AIR: Lock goal shooter Belinda Gray receives the ball defended by Cougars goal keeper Belinda-Jane Moroney. Picture: Meryl Weetra

Lock lost to Cougars 45-65

It was warm playing conditions as Lock played host to Cougars on Saturday.

Cougars played an all over court defensive game against Lock who at times were caught holding the ball not being able to pass off due to the great defence work of the mid court players, picking off any loose balls and sending the ball down their attacking end and into goals.

Goalies Lisa Smith and Amy Green combined well and moved nicely in the ring, tightly defended by Laura Zacher and Lauren Carr.

Lock wing attack Melissa Morton made herself available for any passes, picking up any loose balls.

Morton and Kraehe passed well into the goal circle where goal attack Jordan Sladdin played strong and shot well.

Goal shooter Belinda Gray put up some great goals, having a great tussle for the ball with Cougars’ strong defensive goal keeper Belinda-Jane Moroney, both using their height to their advantage.

Lock played a steady game without positional changes while Cougars changed their centre and wing defence who defended every ball through the mid court.

Cougars goal keeper Belinda-Jane Moroney looks to intercept the pass into Lock goal shooter Belinda Gray.

Cougars goal keeper Belinda-Jane Moroney looks to intercept the pass into Lock goal shooter Belinda Gray.