Saints’ strong contests

Following a strong season in the Burnie Netball Association winter roster, as representatives of the Circular Head Netball Association, the Smithton Saints now look to the spring roster.

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Roster. The Circular Head Netball Association representative Under 16 team has completed a competitive season in the Burnie Netball Association.

The Smithton Saints played in the Preliminary Final in Burnie on Saturday.

Meeting with Marist Regional College Blue, Smithton started the game slow to give the opposition a headstart.

The Saints picked up the tempo to fight back in the second quarter and continued the intensity in the third.

Despite promising second and third quarters, the Smithton Saints were defeated 43 to 27 to be knocked out of finals contention.

Coach Alicia Jamieson recognised Sienna Thorp as Player of the Match for accurate shooting in the goal circle, in her most outstanding game this season.

“All of the girls gave their best efforts and that’s all I can ask for,” said Jamieson.

“They have all improved throughout this roster and have learnt a lot, so for me that is success as a coach.”

In June, the side took on the state team from Burnie in a ferocious meeting.

“It was a hard game due to the opposing team having played together for many years and competing in higher level netball,” said Jamieson.

“The whole team came out hard and tried their absolute best to do whatever they could to score goals. We are super proud of how we did, despite the score.”

Tori Williams was recognised as the Player of the Match for her strength in defence.

In the next game, Smithton took on Marist Regional College Light Blue.

“This was a game we really wanted to win to get us a spot in the finals,” said Jamieson.

“We came out in the first half a little slow but managed to stick with them. After half time the girls came out and played their little hearts out – it was the best quarter I think we have played in Burnie all year.”

Using this momentum, Smithton outscored their opponents by nine goals, 10 to one, in the third quarter before finishing with a 27 to 21 victory, ensuring a place in the finals. 

For this effort, the side was recognised for its teamwork and sportsmanship as the Player of the Match was awarded to the group.

Next up, Smithton took on the state team for a second time in a home game exhibition match.

“We came into this game better prepared, knowing what to expect from them,” said Jamieson.

Aiming to hold the visitors to under 50 goals and shoot more than 15 goals themselves, the home side started slowly while the visitors shot out.

“We gathered our game play and decided to slow it down and do what we do best.”

Composing themselves, the Saints matched the state team goal for goal and achieved an eight to 10 goal margin in the second quarter and seven to 12 goal score in the third.

However the Saints lost momentum in the final term, finishing the game 56 to 22.

Jaz Martin collected the Player of the Match title for her hard work and team support.

Circular Head’s Under 14 team also featured in an exhibition match with the Under 14 state team. 

In the side’s first game together, Jamieson said they played “extremely well” despite the final score of seven goals to 49.

Chloe Birtwistle earned the Player of the Match award in this game, for sticking to her opponent in defence and setting up opportunities to attack.

“We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to play against both Burnie state teams and are excited for future games against the club,” said Jamieson in thanking the Burnie Netball Association for the opportunity. 

“It’s a massive step up for CHNA in being able to play against such a high level.”

Finishing third on the ladder, the Under 16 team had to fight to remain in finals contention.

Meeting with Burnie High School Two – a team the Saints hadn’t yet met with – in the Semi Final, the side applied tactics from training to gain the win, 39 to 17.

The Player of the Match award went to Imogen Wigg for her strength in defence and interceptions.

The Smithton Saints will take a few weeks away from the court before beginning the Burnie Netball Association spring roster on Saturday August 25.

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