Fascinating start to MPNFL Division Two Netball

What a sensational start to the season for MPNFL Division Two netball with three games decided by single-digit margins last weekend. Langwarrin provided what many would consider the upset of the round, defeating former Peninsula League powerhouse Karingal 42-38. But – when you look at the Langwarrin list – it really wasn’t an upset at... View Article

What a sensational start to the season for MPNFL Division Two netball with three games decided by single-digit margins last weekend.

Langwarrin provided what many would consider the upset of the round, defeating former Peninsula League powerhouse Karingal 42-38.

But – when you look at the Langwarrin list – it really wasn’t an upset at all.

Coach Sara Drain has put together a powerful list with Kim Coulson, Emily Zeuschner and Jayde Aron starting things off in defence.

Drain herself is an electrifying midcourter, sharing those duties with Sarah Anderson, Amy Slefendorfas and Jayde Travers. Throw in Brooke Kiely and Emily Bennet under the ring and the Kangaroos have a real chance of being a finals contender this year.

This week they take on Red Hill, who also had a hard-fought 46-41 victory over Chelsea.

Red Hill was very convincing for three quarters, opening a 39-28 lead due to the great efforts of Georgia Vines (C), Nicola Mold (WA) and Mia Newman (WD) through the middle of the court.

Goaler Isabelle Cuming (GS) also had a hot hand while Sienna Wills (GK) and Emilie Baird GD) were proving a tough combination to crack in defence.

Vines was moved from centre to wing defence in the last quarter and Chelsea made its move.

Through the great play of Verona Kaitani (C), Lisa Donnellan (WA) and Jordyn Barnett (GS) the Gulls closed the gap to five before handshakes were served.

Somerville and Dromana played out a low-scoring game at Somerville, with Dromana getting on top in the second and third quarters on its way to a 32-25 victory.

Both defences were right on top in the opening term with both teams scoring just four goals each for the quarter.

Karli Foster (GD) and Emily La Roche (GK) were sensational for Dromana while Tayla Sharp (GD) and Jaimee Peney (GK) were equally effective for the Eagles.

But the Tigers clicked into another gear in the second quarter, scoring 10 goals to four, before finishing the job with a 10-5 third term.

Emily Pratt (C) played a great game for Dromana in the middle while Emily (GA) and Ruby (WA) Wilson also linked up well.

The Tigers face a huge challenge this week when they travel to Glover Reserve to take on Devon Meadows, super-impressive 53-28 winners over Pearcedale.

Former Berwick coach Janine Kilmartin has taken over the reins at the Meadows and has already put together a very settled line up. The new coach made just one change for the match, swapping the bibs of Kate May (WD) and Natalie Fallon (GD) at three-quarter time.

Apart from that it was business as usual for the Panthers who had Shannon Gill (GS), Jenelle Bain (GA), Emily Van Rooye (WA), Lucy Hoogenboom (GK) and Bryoni Hardeman (C) put together four fantastic quarters of netball.

Alannah Quint (C) and Louise Lane (GK) never stopped trying for the Dales.

And Crib Point will head into today’s game against Somerville on a high after a comfortable 43-28 victory over Hastings.

The Magpies took a five-goal lead into quarter time and never relented, extending their lead at each interval.

Dionne Douglas (C) started the season well for the winners, who also had Leah (WA) and Tessa (GK) Moncrieff put in outstanding four-quarter performances.

Sarah Hosking (C), Darcy Lambert (WD) and Madelina Nyoul (GK) were in fine form for Hastings, who will look to bounce back this weekend against a strong Tyabb outfit.

The Yabbies had the bye against Rye.

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