The 2020 Korfball South Australia State League continued this weekend with Round 6, as we start the second half of the regular season. We’ve got the standard six games of action, so let’s get the ball rolling!

Division 1

Glenelg v Flinders

The opening Div 1 game this week saw Glenelg take on Flinders for the second time this season. Flinders started strong out of the gates, and kept the foot down throughout the match. Glenelg began to find some accuracy from range through the mid parts of the match, but Flinders’ offensive rebounding and second shot opportunities kept the scoreboard ticking over. Both teams shared the scoring around, with Glenelg getting 7 scorers on the board and Flinders 8. Fifteen individual scorers in a match is the most this season. Flinders picked up the win, 22-8. Craig Dawson paced Glenelg with 2 goals, while Andrew Hutchesson picked up 7 to lead Flinders and the match.

Boomers v Arista

The second match of the round saw Arista and Boomers do battle chasing third spot on the ladder. This match was closer than their first meeting this season, and was a see-sawing match. Strong play on both sides of the ball from both teams made for an entertaining match, with some usual suspects chiming in with multiple goals on each side. Ultimately, it was Arista who managed to eke out a lead, one they would hold until the final siren to reverse the opening round result, winning 22-18. Daniel Phillips for Boomers, and Matilda Hilton for Arista were the leading scorers, picking up 7 goals apiece.

North had the bye, but managed to hold onto top spot regardless thanks to their fantastic goal difference. Flinders sit in second on equal points, but with a bye to come in the future. Arista sit in third, a win back, and Boomers are just a point behind in fourth. Glenelg sit in fifth, with five points so far this season.

Division 2

Boomers Purple v Arista Yellow

The first of our Div 2 match-ups this week saw Boomers Purple take on ladder leaders Arista Yellow. Arista showed why they are leading the pack early, with some crisp ball movement and clinical finishing opening up a bit of a gap early. Boomers are not the type to let a team get away though, and some typical long shots kept them in the game. Ultimately, however, the experience of the Arista team shone through, and they ran out winners, 20-13. Boomers scoring was led by Michael Spencer, Ben Walter and Ryan Gartner with 3 each, with Arista and the match led by Craig Miller.

Glenelg Orange v Glenelg Black

The only currently scheduled Glenelg derby this season saw the tightest match of the round. While there was less of the parents v children match-ups this match provided last season, the match was still played in the same high spirits. Both teams were able to get plenty of mid-to-long range shots off, but strong defensive rebounding generally meant few second shot opportunities, and a back-and-forth game ensued. Eventually, Glenelg Black managed to get a single goal margin, and held it to the final siren, winning 7-6. Will Anderson and Caitlin Brown led the scoring for Orange and the match with two each, while Black shared the scoring around, with all 7 of their goals coming from different scorers. Ashton Bell, Lee Jones, Toni Bell, Charli McStravick, Mackensie Patterson-Clearly, Ned Spurr and Toby Threadgold each picked up a goal to co-lead Glenelg Black.

Arista Red v North

This match saw teams from opposite ends of the table meet, with North starting off strong. Good ball movement and a willingness to shoot from distance, plus strong rebounding for second shots on the relatively few occasions the first shot missed, saw North open up an early lead. Arista weren’t lying down though, taking plenty of shots themselves, just with less luck. Some opportunistic goals from Arista kept them in the match in the first half, before North put the hammer down in the second, running out 22-7 winners, and sharing the scoring with 9 individual scorers. Luke McKay led Arista with 2 goals, joined by Zoe Hilton, continuing a strong showing from the Hilton clan this week. Kimberly Langley led the way for North and the match, with 4 goals.

Boomers Green v Flinders

The final Div 2 game for this week saw Boomers Green take on Flinders in a mid-table clash. Boomers started off strong early, with some pretty strong Flinders defence unable to contain the early long shooting of Boomers. While Boomers built a initial lead, Flinders were able to fight back, and closed the margin to just a goal in the latter parts of the first half. However, in the second half Boomers hit their straps and opened up a lead, while Flinders struggled to find their range. Ultimately Boomers picked up the win, 17-11. Stefan Scragg’s long bombs saw him pick up 5 goals to lead Boomers, while Jazz Zulfic picked up 6 for Flinders.

Arista Yellow remain the only undefeated team this season, with a perfect 6-from-6. North remain a game behind, still with superior goal difference if that comes into play. The two Boomers teams sit in a tie for third, with Purple ahead on goal difference. Flinders and Glenelg Black are both on 10 points, with Arista Red a further game back. Glenelg Orange sit in eighth, with 6 points.

Matches continue this Sunday, August 23rd, for Round 7. This round is at Heathfield High School. Any changes to match times can be found on the State League page, and a map of venue location can be found on any affected match page.