Top of the table clash

Eastern Eyre netball

A grade

Kimba def Eastern ranges

KIMBA hosted Eastern Ranges on Saturday for the all important top of the table A grade clash.

In excellent playing conditions, Ranges hit the scoreboard first with three opening goals.

Kimba played patient netball and gradually clawed their way into the quarter to take a four-goal lead at the first break.

The second quarter was played similarly with defensive pressure all over the court.

The centre court players from both teams worked over time to get vital passes into their goalies.

At the half time break, Kimba Districts held the lead with 19 goals to the Ranges’ 12.

Kimba Districts made some positional changes at half time, bringing on some fresh legs, opening the flood gates for Kimba Districts as their goalies went to town, shooting 34 goals to Ranges’ 15.

The fourth quarter though belonged to Eastern Ranges as they too made changes bringing some experience into the centre court, which settled their team and dried up Kimba’s scoring opportunites.

However the damage had been done in the third and Kimba ran out comfortable winners.

Incentive: Meagan Lienert (Kimba) 

B grade

Kimba def Eastern Ranges

This match got off to a great start with Kimba and Eastern Ranges both coming out strong.

Kimba won the first quarter 13 goals to nine.

The next few quarters saw some great play by both teams, with some accurate shooting and great defensive pressure all the way down the court. 

The start of the fourth quarter saw the scores level, so it was set to be a good final quarter. 

Kimba took some good intercepts, however they continued to miss the opportunity to convert these on the scoreboard. 

A clean intercept by Wilson lifted the Kimba girls as a whole, and the team pulled away to win by four goals, 37 to 33

Incentive: Alyssa Moore (Kimba) and Cassie Elson (Eastern Ranges)

D grade

Eastern Ranges def Kimba

Eastern Ranges finished up being too accurate for Kimba in the D grade game, winning the match by six goals.

In a very evenly contested match from beginning to end, Kimba started well, leading at the end of the first quarter by four.

Eastern Ranges rallied in the second quarter to lead at half time by two.

The second half was much the same as the first with Kimba creating many turnovers through the centre court but they were unable to capitalise on these on the scoreboard.  

Eastern Ranges shot very well in the last quarter to be in front when the final whistle blew.

Georgia Lienert put in great effort in the centre for four quarters and Ellie Williams played well in defense for Kimba.

Incentive: Georgia Lienert (Kimba Districts) and Nellie Barbala (Eastern Ranges)

Pictured are: Eastern Ranges' Zali Roberts trying to deflect the ball from Kimba Districts' Georgia Lienert in the D grade match on Saturday.

E2 grade

Kimba def Eastern Ranges

Kimba played their best game of the 2017 season so far to run out comfortable winners in the E2 grade on Saturday.

Kimba had the first centre pass and scored the first goal after a well executed set play.

They converted a turnover on the next centre pass and were able to put a few goals on the board before Eastern Ranges were able to score.  

Kimba moved, lead and passed well for the majority of the game, seeming to have more space than usual. 

Good defensive pressure created turnovers which they managed to capitalise on.  

Changes at half time saw the third quarter being more even but Kimba stepped up again in the last quarter. 

The Eastern Ranges team continued to battle hard all day and they never gave up but it was Kimba’s day. 

Incentive: Tanna Maitland and Kyla Yates (Kimba Districts) and Lexi Burrows (Eastern Ranges)