SA Finish Champs with a Win

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The combined forces of Tasmania and the Northern Territory’s best youth girls were no match for South Australia, who overcame a slow start to win their final match of the 2014 tournament by 42 points.

The first match of the day enjoyed clear, still conditions – but no points were scored until halfway through the first quarter when Taylor Gordon broke through the deadlock. The lead was only short lived, Zabreena Manjerovic from the Thunder Devils slotting a goal from right in front seconds later.

Manjerovic followed up her goal with a point after good defensive pressured spoiled her attempt on goal.

The Thunder Devils continued their possession inside fifty, and Manjerovic makes up for missed opportunities to score a goal from up close. 

SA close the gap courtesy of an opportunistic goal from Taylah Tanner with thirty seconds to go until quarter time, but the Thunder Devils still have a two point lead. 

The teams traded behinds before Ebony Marinoff broke through the defence inside fifty to wrestle the lead from the Thunder Devils.

Defence tightened from both sides, and only behinds were scored until half-time, when the Thunder Devils left the field with a lead of just four points. 

South Australia were a different team in the third quarter, quickly regaining the lead and monopolising possession.

Ebony Marinoff goaled for SA, followed by Shae Gundlach with two big goals – stretching their lead to 29 at the three-quarter time break.

A brilliant mark from Ebony Marinoff in the opening minutes of the last quarter saw another six points added to SA, but the Thunder Devils were quick to regain possession and goal courtesy of the reliable Zabreena Manjerovic.

Tayla Thorn and Danielle Ponter put in solid performances for the Thunder Devils, but couldn’t stop the flow of goals to SA.

The Thunder Devils were punished by a Sarah Allen goal from inside the square and with just under ten minutes to go, South Australia weren’t content with defending an already solid lead, with Karissa Searle kicking accurately inside fifty.

The Thunder Devils were unable to respond in the last quarter, and it was one way traffic in the dying minutes. Sarah Milham scored a goal from inside fifty with two minutes to go and with 42 points the difference the victory was inevitable for SA.

Summary

SA 11.6.72 def Thunder Devils 4.6.30

GOALKICKERS:
SA – Marinoff 4, Gundlach 2, S.Allen, Gordon, Milham
Thunder Devils – Majerovic 3, Coombes

BEST:
SA – Tudor, Marinoff, Kellock, S.Allen, Gordon, Murdoch
Thunder Devils – Coombes, Ponter, Chittick, Hercott, Majerovic, Stubbs

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