Busselton Consolidate Position In Netball

Busselton remain on top of the South West Netball Football League table, following last Saturday’s 58-50 win over the Eaton Boomers at the Eaton Recreation Centre.

The Magpies came out of the blocks very strong and dominated the first quarter.

Shaken, but not stirred, the Boomers gradually worked their way back into the game, with goalkeeper Kasey Joy marshaling her defensive unit brilliantly.

Although the Boomers trailed 32-25 at half time, the sharp shooting combination of Jess Knight and Mickaisha Watts brought the Boomers within one goal in the third quarter.

The Magpies were forced to make some changes in the final quarter, and brought on goalkeeper Maia Bratton.  Together with Janelle Pagan in defence, and the strong attacking line of Lisa Millman and Devon Cunningham, the Magpies pulled away late to get the victory.

ECU Souwest Jets player Shaye Skraha inspired Carey Park to a 38-37 win over South Bunbury, which marked the Panthers first triumph of 2021.

Skraha and Catherine Grochowski worked hard together to turn the ball over with Gemma Stewart and Ebony Buck capitilising down in the goal circle.

In the second quarter, South Bunbury made some critical changes to their defence, with Sidney Mason coming back into goalkeeper, and with the assistance of Jade O’Connell were able to place pressure on the Panthers shooters.

The Tigers came out strong in the third quarter outscoring the Panters 14-8.  Shanti Riches, who made her league debut for South Bunbury, made herself well known on the court with some fantastic goals.  This play helped get the Tigers in front heading into the final term.

Needing a lift, Carey Park veteran Joanne Hill came on in the last quarter to give them fresh legs in the mid-court and with the support of Zoe Buck, Skraha and Grochowski helped the Panthers come from behind to win.

The Tigers backed up on Sunday against Bunbury, who defeated the Tigers 51-43.

Both teams seemed to be evenly matched, however Bunbury’s strong shooters, Hannah Rogers and Cassady Anderson, were ultimately too strong for them.

In the final game of the weekend, Harvey Brunswick Leschenault defeated Blackwood Ravens 48-38.