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WANL 2022: West Coast Warriors hold off Western Roar to advance to grand last, Roar to face Comets in prelim

Reigning premiers West Coast Warriors have booked a express pass ticket to another grand final after holding off minor premiers Western Roar by seven goals in a fierce contest.

Friday night at the Gold Netball Centre saw the WANL semi-finals take place with teams that finished in the top two spots of their respective ladders look to advance straight to the grand final, while those that finished third or fourth fought it out for a spot in the preliminary final.

The fierce rivalry between the Warriors and the Roar came to a head once again in a very fast-paced and high-pressure contest.

Although the Warriors managed to get a fast start during the opening quarter, the Roar were quick to fight back, setting up a tug-of-war match for the lead.

West Coast Warriors' Caitlyn Brown puts the pressure on Western Roar's Maddison Schultz.
Camera IconWest Coast Warriors’ Caitlyn Brown puts the pressure on Western Roar’s Maddison Schultz. Credit: Carly Laden/The West Australian

An interception from defender Caitlyn Brown seemed to be the catalyst for the Warriors to start building up a lead with goals from Hana Stokes and Maddison O’Regan.

However, a late goal from Sophia Lamers saw the Roar trail by just one goal at quarter time.

The Warriors would manage another quick start during the second term with mid-courter Kellie Baker producing excellent feeds to Stokes while Roar skipper Maddison Schultz was impressive under pressure.

Despite strong pressure from Roar’s defenders and great driving by Zoe Cransberg, the Warriors began pulling away to lead 33-27 at half time.

The Warriors continued extending their lead early in the third term until an interception from Annabel Saggers saw the Roar fight back in a bid to take the lead once again.

Western Roar's Bella McLernon looks to pass under pressure from West Coast Warriors' Helen Taylor and Jessica Eales.
Camera IconWestern Roar’s Bella McLernon looks to pass under pressure from West Coast Warriors’ Helen Taylor and Jessica Eales. Credit: Carly Laden/The West Australian

As Schultz managed some impressive goals to shave the margin down, the Warriors held on to lead by four goals at the final change.

In the midst of an exciting final term, the Warriors managed to extend their lead once again with quick driving by Helen Taylor & 150-gamer Jess Eales and strong defence by Steph Cooper & Brown.

Despite the Roar bringing in the cavalry in the form of Emma Putt, Bella McLernon and Cleo Kenny taking the court with less than four minutes to go, the Warriors held on to take the win 59-52.

The Roar will still have a chance to make the grand final on Friday when they take on the Curtin Hamersley Comets, who defeated Southside Demons by 10 goals.

From the outset, the Comets were firing out the gate, building up an early lead with goals via Aitaua Enari and quick driving by Lindal Rohde.

Although the Demons managed to overcome their slow start with good defensive rebounds by Chanel Gomes and late goals via Meg Gallager, the Comets held on to lead 16-8 at quarter time.

The Demons managed a quick start to the second quarter with Montana Turnbull impressive in wing attack and Ashleigh Neal & Gallager racking up some goals.

Southside Demons' Meg Gibson looks to pass to teammate Ashleigh Neal.
Camera IconSouthside Demons’ Meg Gibson looks to pass to teammate Ashleigh Neal. Credit: Carly Laden/The West Australian

Just when it looked as though the Demons would come close to making a comeback, the Comets stepped up the pressure and held strong to lead 27-22 at half time.

The Comets seemed to take control of the contest during the third quarter with goals via Enari and Sloan Burton while Ella Taylor and Mia Henderson continued putting on a defensive masterclass.

Despite solid driving by Marene Peyper, the Demons missed several opportunities in the goal circle, allowing the Comets to capitalise and lead by six goals at the final change.

The final quarter saw a dominant effort extend the Comets’ lead even further with Enari shining in the goal circle and Rohde putting in another dominant effort in centre.

Curtin Hamersley Comets' Georgia Morgan and Southside Demons' Montana Turnbull chase after the ball.
Camera IconCurtin Hamersley Comets’ Georgia Morgan and Southside Demons’ Montana Turnbull chase after the ball. Credit: Carly Laden/The West Australian

Despite the Demons’ best efforts, the Comets held on to win 58-48, advancing to the preliminary final.

In the 20 & Under competition, Rangers eliminated Curtin Hamersley Comets 50-40 to advance to the preliminary final while Peel Lightning held on 57-53 to defeat Western Roar in a fierce contest to advance straight to the grand final.

Western Roar and Rangers will go head to head in Friday’s preliminary final.

In the Men’s competition, West Coast Warriors defeated Southside Demons 60-41 in the elimination semi-final, while Western Roar booked their ticket to the grand final after defeating Curtin Hamersley Comets 49-36.

West Coast Warriors and Curtin Hamersley Comets will face off in the preliminary final.

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