Kangaroo Island's Netball Grand Finals were played on Saturday September 16.

B Grade: Nichola Putland. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.
B Grade: Nichola Putland. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

Wisanger has taken home the 2017 A grade netball premiership with a two-goal win over Dudley United, 38-36.

C Grade: Sarah Were and Renae Neeson work hard for the ball. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

C Grade: Sarah Were and Renae Neeson work hard for the ball. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

The first few minutes saw the game go goal-for-goal until Wisanger took a six-goal lead at the first break.

Corinne Houchin (DU) was sent off with a knee injury and Bec Bott (W) was sent off for a blood rule. Dudley’s Tash Boxer  and Julie Helyar  piled on the goals in the second quarter.

13 & U: Strong defence by Minka MaCauley. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

13 & U: Strong defence by Minka MaCauley. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

Dudley fought back hard and won the second quarter to be down by four goals at half-time.

Wisanger’s Renae Florance and Gen Willson  combined well in the goal circle for their side to be up by four at three-quarter time.

Mia Helyar,  in defence for Dudley, stopped the Wisanger goalies and rebounded strongly.

Wisanger lost concentration and Dudley capitalised to get within two goals in the last quarter. 

B Grade

Parndana 37, Wisanger 31

Parndana seemed settled and used space to get the ball down court but towards the end of the quarter Wisanger clicked into gear with an intercept by Kiri Lockett.

D Grade: Action in the centre court. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

D Grade: Action in the centre court. Photo: Maggie’s Photography.

Parndana made a tactical change to their line-up giving them a tall defensive line which shook Wisanger.

The third quarter was goal-for-goal as Alicia Tremaine (P) and Anne Ellson (W) provided strength in the mid-court for their teams.

In the last quarter Wisanger closed the gap to four before Parndana took back the momentum for the win.

C Grade

Parndana 40, Western Districts 32

In a fast moving game, both teams played well. In the second quarter Western Districts increased the lead to nine goals at half-time.

In the third quarter the game changed with an unfortunate injury to Sarah Were. Parndana shot well and took a two-point lead into the last quarter. Western Districts made changes trying to get control of the game but Parndana, through accurate shooting, took the win.

D Grade

Western Districts 34, Kingscote 32

Kingscote had the first centre pass and it was goal-for-goal scoring as both teams played well.

The second quarter had Western Districts playing well with Abby Morris in centre. Kingscote made changes at half-time to attempt to reduce the five-goal difference and the changes worked with both teams equal at the last break.

Being a close game, the last term was exciting for the spectators and was high scoring for both teams, with Western Districts coming away with a two-goal win.

11 & Under

Parndana d Western Districts

Western Districts had the first few plays but found it difficult to get the ball into their goalies. Lani Edwards made sure all shooting opportunities were finished off giving Parndana the lead. The second quarter saw Western Districts continuing to push the ball forward led by Grace Morgan. In the second half, Parndana seemed to find a second gear and put extra pressure on with Kaleisha Edwards providing a safe passing option at all times. Although both teams continued to build their score, Parndana edged away.

In the final quarter, Western Districts kept fighting with Raemi Morris and Evie Hammat lifting their team through strong play but it was the consistency from Parndana, especially Alex Wheaton and Shaylee Huxtable, which saw them take the game.

13 & Under

Dudley United 27, Western Districts 22

The first quarter was goal-for-goal with both teams scoring from turnovers. Accuracy in goals by Tilly Bald and Raemi Morris allowed for a two-goal lead to Western Districts at the first break.

In the second quarter Candice Willson defended beautifully for Dudley and Amber Nimmo got her hands on numerous rebounds to see turnovers both ways. Western Districts managed to be one goal up at half time.

Scores remained tight in the third quarter with spectators on the edge of their seats. Felicity Geisler, playing her last game on KI, made the most of every moment in and out of the ring, backed up brilliantly by Amber Lavers-Beer in shooter.

Zahlia Condo-Scott (Dudley) and Molly Watters (Western Districts) played a tough defence game as scores were close to level at three-quarter time.

Dudley hit the court running in the fourth as Minka Macauley fired up in centre. Western Districts fought hard to the end but the Dudley girls won the epic battle by five goals.

15 & Under

Parndana 42, Wisanger 26

Wisanger met Parndana’s fast and skilled start with determination and resilience. By half-time Parndana was ahead by five goals.

Parndana kept pushing the ball forward with stand-outs Jasmin Berlin in goals, Tarryn Putland in centre and Nicole Willson in keeper.

Wisanger kept fighting with Nicole Symens working well in the ring and Joanna Turner trying to turn it around in defence.

Parndana’s skill and expertise allowed them to lead throughout the game.