Highs and lows at the Pedler Cup

NETBALL: The Division 2 Whyalla Combined side had a great experience competing in the Pedler Cup.

NETBALL: The Division 2 Whyalla Combined side had a great experience competing in the Pedler Cup.

No local netball this past Saturday while our 15 and Under combined sides travelled to Wudinna to complete in the Pedler Cup and Pedler Shield Carnival.

Our Division 2 team got off to a great start with a win over Port Lincoln while our Division 1 side were a bit slow to get going and suffered a 12 goal loss.

Our second game was against Easter Eyre. EENA came back late but our Division 2 team were able to secure the win. Another slow start saw our Division 1 team take another loss this time by 4.

Next was Great Flinders and our Division 2 team were not as consistent and suffered their first loss of the day. Our Division 1 team were determined to  hit the ground running this time and while they were down by 7 at one stage, manage to bring it back to 1 goal with just minutes to go. Unfortunately they couldn’t quite finish and lost to the top team by 4.

After lunch the teams were ready and raring to go for their next match against Mid West. Division 2 were able to regroup from their previous game and get their third win and top spot on the ladder. Our Division 1 were pumped after their previous game and finally playing 30 minutes of consistent netball, comfortably got the win.

The fifth and final game of the minor rounds was against Far West. Both their teams had not been able to secure a win for the day and these games were going to be no different with both our Divisions securing large wins.

Unfortunately our Division 1 team left their run too late to be able to compete in the final but our Division 2 had played well and finished 1st going into the Grand Final against Port Lincoln. Port Lincoln came out onto the court scoring 5 unanswered goals before Whyalla got on the board. Our girls struggled to regroup but were finding some consistency by the end of the first half, although the scoreboard was now their biggest challenge going into the second half down by 11.

Our girls came out hard in the second and managed to claw a couple back early but unfortunately, while they gave it their all, they just weren’t able to close the gap enough in the end. Well done on a great effort though girls.

The Pedler Carnival marks the end of the season for our combined players. As a first time combined coach this year I really was a little worried as to what I was in for. Watching all our teams compete from the Spencer Gulf Carnival in May to the Country Championships in June and now at the Pedler Carnival, I can honestly say  it has been a great experience. We did have some successes and while it probably wasn’t as much as we had hoped, the integrity and sportsmanship shown by our players over all carnivals was second to none. A huge thank you to our umpires that travel with us, without you we could not play. To the parents who bring the girls to training every week and then come and support, score and time at our carnivals, we truly appreciate it. A special thank you to the Mum that always puts their hand up to be team manager and to the coaches who give so much time in the planning  of the trainings.