It was a great start to the 2012/13 season on Thursday night with teams although a bit rusty putting on some good close games.
It was encouraging for the season to see all umpires turning up to do their duty. Karl Gurney will be happy to take your name if you are interested in umpiring this season.
The door charges have been increased and a proportion of these charges will go into a “building” account to show the Shire that the association is proactive towards the building of a new stadium. We need at least 2 more wood courts.
After the first round of games it looks like the A grade mens competition will be close with 2 new teams making up the 4 this season. United womens A would have to be the favourites for their grade with many experienced players against the younger players in other teams.
Mens A Grade
United 26 def. Spartans 23
In a replay of last seasons grand final this was a close and physical game. United are without big man Ryan Neill who has a bad injury but with Roger Parsons once again in the team adds strength. Leigh Thornto n & Dave Arnold add more speed to the Spartans but it was the composure of Uniteds experienced players that let them stay in front of Spartans for the majority of the game and go on to win by 3 points.
Highest scorers - D. Mackenzie 7pts., T. Smith 6pts, N. Johnson 6pts. M. Edwards 5pts.
Redbacks 30 def. Stingers 20
With both these teams being a mixture of players from different teams of last season, the Redbacks were fast out of the blocks and outran and outscored the Stingers who looked to be having trouble melding as a team.
Highest scorers - N. Forbes 8pts., K. Staer 6pts, S. Green 9pts., D. Thomas 6pts.
Womens A Grade
Newtown 20 def. TDS 17
Highest scorers - J. Partington 6pts, L. Dale 5pts, S. Zanotti 8pts, J. Saunders 3pts.
United 28 def. Panthers 12
Highest scorers - K. Browning 10pts, B. Smith, V. McCrea 4pts, C. Robartson 3pts.
Mens A Reserve
Stingers Blue defeated Red Cans on forfeit
Esperance Suns37 def. United 2
(No scorers supplied)
Demons 41 def. Lakers 37
Highest scorers - C. Vermey 13pts, B. Edwards 10pts, R. Donovan 8pts., G. Schultz 8pts.
Womens A Reserve
Mustangs 14 def. Raiders 11
Highest scorers - J. Tyrell 10pts, H. Palmer 4pts., J. Mather 7pts, T. Reynolds 2pts.
Hawks 37 def. United White 14
Highest scorers - S. Dimer 13pts, J. Evans 10pts, J. Andrews 7pts, T. Gorst 3pts.
United Black 30 def. Stingers 29
F. Stewart 10pts, C. Spencer 8pts, T. Jackson 12pts, J. Tonkin 11pts.
United Green 42 def. Deadly Diamonds 31
Highest scorers - T. Dell’Agostino 12pts, S. Walter 8pts, T. Bonney 9pts, T. Riley 6pts.
Newtown Blue 19 def. Newtown 15
Highest scorers - E. Andrews 6pts, N. Kipling 4pts, K. Green 9pts, D. Rooney 2pts.