We are back, as the 2019 Korfball SA State League competition started up again, with a couple of changes to the grades, as we now have 5 teams in both A and B Grade and in C Grade we have 4 teams.
Returning this season the scores, schedules, ladders and the goal scoring charts can all be found on the State League Page.
Season 2019 for A Grade sees Arista, Boomers, Glenelg and North welcoming Flinders into A Grade for the first time. Now with 5 teams now in the grade, one team each week will have a bye. With the Top Three teams playing off in a finals series.
The First A Grade game of the day saw a Grand Final rematch, as North took on Arista. With not a lot changing between now and then, as North continued to excel at the long range shot. Which has become their trademark over the past couple of seasons. As they claimed the victory 26-19, with Jayden Huddleston top scoring on the day with 8 goals. On the other-side for Arista it was Nik Bungey who top scored with 6 goals.
The Second B Grade game saw Boomers and Glenelg face off. The matchup was close up til half time, before Glenelg ran away in the second half, to claim the 16-11 victory. For Glenelg, Emily Hutchesson was everywhere, top scoring with 6 goals combined with several defensive interceptions to halt Boomers attacks. Whilst for Boomers it was a mixture of youth and experience as both Jack Curran and Mark Hamilton top scored with 3 goals apiece in the defeat.
Next week sees Boomers and North face off in the early game. Whilst Flinders make their A Grade debut against Arista, with Glenelg having the Bye.
B Grade sees no change to the number of teams in it for 2019, as the same 5 return again. Arista, Boomers, Flinders, Glenelg and North battle it out for the three finals places on offer for this season. As is the case in A Grade, with 5 teams, one team each week will have a bye. With the first round seeing Flinders having the week off.
The early game saw Arista and North face off in an early season thriller, with just 2 goals separating the sides at the final siren. Where it was North who came on top getting the win 19-17. For the victors, it was joint top goal scorers with Kimmy Langley and Allie Kulcsar both scoring 5 in the win. Whilst for Arista Cameron McLean was dominant in attack scoring 8 goals in the defeat.
Whilst the second game saw Glenelg and Boomers take each other on in their season openers. Where in similar circumstances to the A Grade matchup, a tight affair at half time. Before Glenelg pushed the game out in the second half. This game had the full meaning of first game back, with a lot of rustiness from both sides as goals early were at a premium, before the groove came back in the second half. Glenelg were the beneficiary of the that groove as they went on to claim a 17-13 victory. With Nick Miller top scoring with 5 goals, several from range as well. For Boomers Jack Curran top scored with 5 goals just ahead of Paul Adams who put away 4.
Next week sees North take on Boomers in the early game, followed by Arista and Flinders facing off, while Glenelg have the Bye.
C Grade returns this season, with just 4 teams Boomers, Arista and two from Glenelg, with the Tigers and Cubs involved again. The finals series for C grade will differ to the others. As the top two teams will gain automatic qualification to the a Grand Final at the end of the year. The same scenario that A Grade had the past season.
The first game saw the tightest contest of the day as Boomers and Glenelg squared off, in a thrilling contest that would end at 12-12. The game saw a see-sawing contest, with Glenelg up early. Before Boomers regained the momentum for the middle period of the game. Finally another swing saw Glenelg close the 4 goal deficit to tie the game up heading into the final stages of the match. Glenelg then scored the go ahead goal with almost 2 minutes left on the clock. Boomers then had chances to equalise before finally capitalising on their chances to tie the game up. Which is how it finished up, for Glenelg Tim Miller scored 5 goals, whilst for Boomers Stefan Scragg scored 6 goals in the draw.
The second game saw Arista and the Cubs take to the court. Where it was Arista who came away with the victory, 15-7. In a highly entertaining match to watch the experience of Arista paid dividends. As they were able to pull away from the youthful Cubs. For the victors Michael Ferris top scored with 4 goals. For the Cubs both Will Anderson and Alyssa Booth top scored with 2 goals apiece.
Next week sees an all Glenelg affair as the Cubs take on the Tigers, looking to upstage their more experienced peers. Whilst the second game sees Arista and Boomers face off in the late time-slot.
Look forward to seeing everyone back out at Titanium Security Arena this weekend as round two kicks off, with ripping contests in all 3 grades it should be a highly entertaining afternoon.