Submitted by Tammy Auld for MSENA
7th June to 9th June 2014
Over the June Long Weekend, 38 keen and eager MSENA Netballers headed to Adelaide for the SA Country Championships Carnival for 2014. The weekend saw mixed results, however all players fought hard and represented their Association with pride.
The 13 & Under team fought hard on Saturday beating Barossa Light and Gawler, drawing with Kangaroo Island and going down to Port Lincoln and York Peninsula to finish in Division 1 for Sunday. Sunday presented some challenges with losses to Mid Hills, Riverland and Western Border. The day ended with a close win over KNT however which was just enough to make it through to the Quarter Finals. This was played Monday morning, where an impressive performance saw the girls beat Port Augusta before bowing out in the Semi Finals against the Riverland team.
The 15 & Under team had a smoother run with wins against Port Augusta, Mid West and Mid Hills and a draw with York Peninsula on Saturday to take them into Division 1. The girls stepped it up a notch and had a smoother run on Sunday with wins against Barossa Light and Gawler, Great Flinders, Adelaide Plains and North Eastern to take them into the Quarter Finals. A win against York Peninsula took them into the Semi Finals on Monday where they met Western Border who took the win to send us home.
The 17 & Under team also worked hard on Saturday to make it into Division 1 by beating Mid West, Port Lincoln and Barossa Light and Gawler, with a draw against Whyalla. Sunday saw a rocky start with losses to York Peninsula and Great Flinders followed by a win against Hills. A loss against Port Augusta later in the day lead to the belief that finals were out of sight, until the final results came in resulting in MSENA making the Quarter Finals by 0.93%. A tough game on Monday morning saw a loss to Great Southern in the Quarter Final after a tough fight.
The A Grade team saw less success and came away winless for the weekend with some tough matches against North Eastern, Northern Areas, KNT, Great Southern, York Peninsula and River Murray. The competition was tough and we took some time to settle our combinations, but the efforts of all players were impressive and hard fought.
Overall the Carnival was a great success with all players competing and playing with true skill and sportsmanship.