Cheering netball spectators were just a distant memory on Saturday.
They were turned away from the MLT Event Centre players and coaches were allowed, due to the Covid-19 Alert Level 2 guidelines.
Gore High School A ran home an impressive 42-21 winner over Knapdale A.
The sides started well in the premier match and were hungry for the ball.
Gore High implemented good defence throughout the match, stunting Knapdale’s ball on attack.
Knapdale’s shooters Courtney Kelly and Devin Kubala were accurate and worked well together.
However, their mid-court struggled to get the ball to them as a result of the defensive pressure.
Gore High coach Krista Marsh was impressed with her side’s teamwork.
“They continue to play together,” Marsh said.
“Our defence was really good.
“Everybody played well. They go out with a strong attitude.”
Gore High started strong and built on its lead each quarter, she said.
Knapdale coach Margie Halford said her players were competitive throughout, but lost it in the third spell.
“We were competitive most of the game and if we’d had consistency we could have come back .. the third quarter they got a big roll on and we couldn’t close the gap.”
Gore High had improved throughout the season and was a sharp, connected side, she said.
Playing without spectators was an “eerie feeling” for both teams.
“Different, it was just different.
“It was a credit to the Eastern committee and Dan [Winkel, event centre supervisor] for it.”
The two sides would meet again in the premier grade two semifinal this Saturday.
Knapdale needed to do the basics and play consistently well for the whole 40 minutes, Halford said.