Mid West falls in Pedler Cup grand final | PHOTOS

Port Lincoln and Whyalla went through undefeated to take home the Pedler Cup and Pedler Shield respectively at Karkoo at the weekend.

While a little cold at times during the day it was a great day for netball with the United Yeelanna Netball and Football Club hosting the day in great fashion.

The day started with a fantastic speech from Great Flinders life member Heather Norton encouraging the players to play hard and fair but have fun like so many other players before them.

It was a close competition all day in both divisions with plenty of games decided by just one or two goals and a couple of draws.

Mid West started the Pedler Cup with a 23-23 draw against Great Flinders, before securing wins over Far West, Eastern Eyre and Whyalla - by one goal - which was enough to reach the final despite losing to Port Lincoln.

Far West suffered four defeats to start the day, against Eastern Eyre, Mid West, Port Lincoln and Great Flinders, before finishing well to beat Whyalla 27-22.

In the Pedler Shield, both Mid West and Far West failed to record a victory.

When the teams met in the second round the match ended in a 20-20 draw.

Pedler Shield - Whyalla def Port Lincoln 30-16

In the division two grand final the undefeated Whyalla got off to a good start with goalies Eliza Hogan and Gemma Wynards working hard and shooting some nice goals.

Port Lincoln's Marene Greyvenstein at goal defence added extra pressure though as the ball was brought into the ring.

Down the other end Whyalla's goal keeper Justine Vlachoulis was taking lots of intercepts and rebounds to keep her team in front at half time up 15-6.

Port Lincoln's Kymberly Flavel came out firing in the second half at centre trying to help her team peg back the score along with her goal shooter Cadence Kalling but it was not enough.

Whyalla stayed strong and held on to the lead to go through undefeated for the day 30-16.

Best: Justine Vlachoulis (Whyalla)

Pedler Cup - Port Lincoln def Mid West 24-18

It was always going to be a big task for Mid West with Port Lincoln showing their dominance early in representative netball this year.

Lincoln started off on fire with the first five goals before Mid West got on the board.

Lincoln's Katie Wells was holding well in the ring and finished off with some beautiful goals.

Mid West wing defence Sophie Gill helped her team stay in the game with plenty of intercepts across the mid court.

Mid-West came out firing in the second half with Ella Stokes-Loades having plenty of second efforts at goal attack and well backed up by goal defence Meika Tomney.

Port Lincoln saw the challenge through and kept stepping up, with goal keeper Shenice Wells providing plenty of defensive pressure helped by centre Makaya Bryant who smoothly took the ball down to her goalies where Lily Nicholls finished off nicely.

Mid West got within two goals but with two minutes to go Port Lincoln put the foot down and finished strongly.

Best: Shenice Wells (Port Lincoln)

Robyn and Therese Pedler represented the Pedler family at the presentations where Robyn spoke of the importance of country carnivals.



Port Lincoln: Shenice Wells; Whyalla: Alara Spirat; Far West: Daisy Lane; Mid-West: Meika Tomney; Great Flinders: Megan Carr; Eastern Eyre: Montana Schumann.


Port Lincoln: Kymberly Flavel and Marene Greyvenstein; Whyalla: Jordan Lynch; Far West: Brydee Trewartha; Mid-West: Summer Braz; Great Flinders: Lyla Speed; Eastern Eyre: Sienna Glare.