BAROSSA District secured a top-two finish with a 16-goal victory over Gawler Central in Barossa, Light & Gawler senior one netball on Saturday.
The Bulldogs started positively, putting the Tigers on the back foot early to take an eight-goal lead into the first break.
However, the will of Central was strong, as it clawed back to trail by six at the main change.
The Tigers continued to fight back against a solid Bulldogs’ outfit, cutting the margin to five at three-quarter-time – but the wheels soon fell off.
After going goal for goal early in the final term, Barossa flexed its might to score 20 goals to nine for the quarter to secure a convincing win.
Bulldogs’ coach Roz Fraser was happy with the win.
“It was a good win, and it goes to show that everything we’ve been working on is working,” she said.
“The defensive end performed really well, they actually stopped all the flow of Central.”
Fraser said the victory was crucial for confidence going into the finals.
“I think it shows that we’ve consolidated and we’re peaking at the right time,” she said.
The Bulldogs take on Freeling this week, and Fraser said it won’t be an easy task.
“We’ll always change things up, so we keep on working on not being the same,” she said.
Despite the loss, Central coach Phil Hendy said it “wasn’t a bad day”.
“It was just a few moments,” he said.
“We didn’t have a good warm-up, and it’s unusual for us, and hence the reason we got off to a bad start.
“To (the players’) credit, we did fight back well.”
South Gawler’s victory over Willaston means that Central has secured a finals berth, and will take on Kapunda this Saturday in the final…
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