RAILWAYS brought Vikings back down to earth with a crushing 24-goal win in Port Augusta A grade netball last weekend.
After their morale-boosting two-goal win over St Josephs on Wednesday night, Vikings went into their Saturday clash match with a renewed belief.
Vikings were boosted by the return of Mia Grantham in the midcourt, but her absence beyond the first quarter meant Vikings never recovered.
The match was notable for all of the turnovers by both sides early, with Vikings’ defence doing quite well.
Railways had a slight edge, before their goalies started to miss, but Vikings simply could not take advantage of their solidnrebounding out of defence.
Both sides continued to make errors in the second, but Railways extended their lead.
Vikings were trying hard, but it was not translating to rewards on the scoreboard.
Railways were making the most of their opportunities and were starting to get on top, leading by 10 goals at half time.
Again in the third, Vikings were putting in the effort, but could not reduce the deficit, no matter how hard they tried.
There was a bit of drama when the electronic scoreboard failed, and then the injury curse struck again with a key Vikings defender sidelined, making their already hard job even harder.
Railways, clearly on top, and starting to intercept opponents passes regularly, were now starting to dominate and at three-quarter time the lead had blown out to 22 goals.
Injuries to key players have impacted on Vikings, whereas both Railways and St Josephs have not had the same problem.
Senior netball: Vikings had a comfortable 14-goal win over Shamrocks in B grade on Friday night, catapulting them into second place on the ladder.
Railways finished their minor round with an 11-goal loss to St Josephs by 11 goals.
Next week’s match between Vikings and St Josephs will determine second place in the finals.
Magpies’ win over Shamrocks, and St Josephs Blue’s win over St Josephs Gold in C gradeb means the black and whites can still sneak into the finals if they beat the Gold side (currently fourth), by enough next week.
In the other match, Vikings held onto second spot by beating Railways.
Second-placed Vikings knocked off top team Magpies in D grade by two goals in a nice way to tune up for finals. Unfortunately, St. Josephs Blue had to forfeit to Quorn, while St Josephs Gold made light work of Shamrocks.
It was a big win for Vikings over Magpies in the context of finals in E grade, with only one point separating them on the ladder.
If Magpies lose to top team Quorn next week, and Vikings beat Magpies, Vikings will secure the double chance.
Top team Vikings Green were merciless against second-placed St Josephs in F grade, doubling their score.
There were no upsets in G grade, with Magpies Rebels, Railways, and Vikings all winning comfortably over S. Josephs, Shamrocks and Quorn respectively.
Magpies had to dig deep to scrape home by three goals over Railways in H2 Grade.
Vikings Green, with only four of their regular players available, played a consistent game to comfortably beat Magpies Rebels.
Shamrocks made easy work of Railways Blue in J grade, while Railways Yellow forfeited to St Josephs Gold.