Submitted by Tammy Auld for MSE Netball Association
Compiled by Colin Pye for 5THEFMWattleRangeNowsportonline
Preview 29th March 2014
The minor round matches of the Mid South East Netball Association kicks off this weekend with some matches set to excite. The Association welcomes back a number of players returning from time away, as well as welcoming a number of new players to the courts. All teams have been training hard and will hit the court with enthusiasm this weekend.
Mount Burr will start the season with the Bye.
Port MacDonnell v Robe
With a new look Port MacDonnell team and a few changes to the Robe side, this battle should present the match of the round. The Demons welcome back Toni-Lee Gray, Tamara Ferguson, Marie Lewis and Michelle Lewis to their side, to assist a number of players returning from last season. With a tough trot last year, the Demons will be looking to stamp their authority early this season, as they did with a runner up result at the Pre-Season Cup a fortnight ago.
The Roosters will not let the Bay get away with an easy start though, as they too have a number of handy players stepping up this season. While coach Kim Ross will be leading from the sidelines this season, as a club Robe have a number of talented younger players coming through the ranks who are likely to hit the A grade court. Young Hannah Perkins will step up to full time senior netball this year which will consolidate the Roosters defence area with Kimberley Austin and Chloe Dawson adding some experience. In the attacking circle Felicity Carter and Keeley Mason will be difficult to contest, particularly with Hayley Smart and Kate Schubert running through the centre court area and feeding the ball into their goalies with accuracy.
The two teams didn’t face each other at the Pre-Season Cup, however both put in a stellar performance on the day. The Bay will want this one a little bit more on Saturday and will steal the points in a close one at home.
Kalangadoo v Glencoe
With a win in the Pre-Season Cup and as 2013 Premiers, the Pies will be looking forward to another strong season in 2014. Both of these teams have a few changes to their line ups for the year, and the Murphies will be looking to go one better than their fifth place finish.
The Pies have plenty of height in the goal circle this season with Melissa Russell and Caroline Davey returning to the club. Kirsty Egan has stepped into the coaching role this year, and will lead the girls from the centre court where she will again be ably supported by the speed and athleticism of Jayde Peacock. Leah Ousey and Amanda Casey will continue to provide solid experience in the defensive end this year with Jenna Pitt adding pressure through the centre and into defence. Rosie Collins has also joined the club this season and along with Ebony Cunningham and strong junior players Mikaila Pitt and Jade Lythgo, will add plenty of depth to the Kalangadoo side.
The Murphies have made a few changes this season also, with young Laura Edwards stepping up into the A grade side to assist sister Ashlea Edwards through the centre court area. With Ebony McDiarmid joining the club this year, Glencoe will have additional height and flexibility at both ends of the court as McDiarmid and Sarah Kasparian alternate between goals and defence with ease. Donna Jaeschke has taken on the coaching role again, and will lead the girls from the defensive end, while Bec Wilson will provide strong drive through the centre court area, and Sarah Lawler and Alyce Dent will provide plenty of precision in the goal circle and feeding the circle respectively. New comer Kelly Aubert also shoots with precision and moves well in the goal circle and adds depth to the Murphies line up.
This early in the season, the Pies will have the more settled side and will take the points this week.
Hatherleigh v Nangwarry
The Eagles were impressive in 2013, finishing runners up, and they backed it up with an impressive performance at the Pre-Season Cup. However, the big Pre-Season surprise was the Saints who managed a second place finish from the minor round, only to go down to Port MacDonnell in the semi-final in a tie breaker match. Again, both line ups have had some changes from last season which will strengthen both sides.
Hatherleigh has had a couple of key players head away this season, however they have the depth in their junior players to fill the gaps easily. Kelsey Bromley also returns to the side this season, after suffering an injury at last year’s Pre-Season Cup which put her out in 2013. Sarah Allen and Erin Watson will step up from the junior ranks to provide athletic and consistent drive through the centre court for the Eagles. Young Demi Smith is likely to hit the court on occasion through the season as required also. Keston Green return to the side and will be competently supported in goals by Bromley. Caitlyn Smith and Georgina Brooks will again be defiant in defence and make life difficult for their opponents.
The Saints have recruited well with Nicole Reeves joining Nicole Bizsko in the shooters circle creating an almost unstoppable combination. Cassie Dinnison and Teresa Stewart return to the court as a strong and formidable centre court combination. Dinnison has again taken on the coaching role and will lead from the centre court area with force. Karli McDiarmid will be consistent in defence and will work hard with the support of Mel Ploenges and Kayla Gray.
Kongorong v Tantanoola
The Hawks and the Tigers both had a quiet day at the Pre-Season Cup, but both teams showed that they will be competitive through the season, and both have made a few strategic additions to their sides to improve on their 2013 results.
Kongorong will be strong in the goal circle with Ash Sturges and Tabatha Sanderson shooting with precision. Courtney Pink provides experience, speed and agility through the centre court and is well supported with Ellie Waters and Samantha Allen who is new to the club this season. Young Tiia Pelkonen will work well in defence with the experience and strength of Sarah Lucas and Kaylah Earl to guide her. With consistent effort, the Hawks have what it takes to improve on their last couple of seasons.
The Tigers have added some new faces also with Casey Walker stepping up from Juniors and Olivia Coote coming into the club. Kate Bromley and Simone Little will again make it tough for their opponents in defence as they consolidate as a combination after working together last year as well. Through the centre court Casey Arney and Talana Knaggs work well together and work hard across four quarters. In the goal circle what the Tigers are lacking in height they make up for in experience and precision with Jacqui Matthews and Jami Walker shooting with ease and moving well in the circle.
With a more settled side, the Tigers will take the points in week one, but it will be a hotly contested match.
MSENA JUNIOR PLAYER PROFILE
Name – Sharna Medhurst
Age – 12
School / club – Glencoe Netball Club
What grade do you play – 13 & Under
Favourite Position played – Goal Defence
What do you like about playing netball – Playing with friends and having fun
Have you ever won any awards – Weekly club best and fairest awards
Favourite food on a Saturday – Hot Chips