A day to remember for netball underdogs

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The minnows roared in North Otago premier club netball on Saturday.
St Kevin’s College Steel and Excelsior both had days to remember as one upset the applecart and the other leapt up a grade.
A school’s or club’s B team beating its A team always ruffles some feathers, and the Steel did just that when it beat SKC Platinum 25-19.
A low-scoring game started with a 4-4 deadlock after the first quarter, before the Steel nudged ahead by one goal at halftime and two goals at the three-quarter mark.
Monique Bolstridge shone for Steel in the midcourt and Laura Preston displayed plenty of energy. For Platinum, goal attack Emma Slater did a marvellous job out of her usual position and goal keep Laura Dowling maintained her usual high standards.
Excelsior, unbeaten in the 1:2 grade, jumped back into premier netball with a 33-23 win over Papakaio in the promotion-relegation game.
Excelsior raced to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and did not take its foot off the throttle as goal shoot Susie Oakes made the most of her opportunities.
Earlier, Papakaio –¬†which made such a bright start to the season with a great win on opening day _ slipped to a 32-19 loss to Valley Silver.
Valley Silver, led by goal shoot Marinka Kingma, led 12-16 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Valley Gold remained unbeaten but had to work hard for a 32-24 win over Athletic.
Valley Gold led 9-5 after the first quarter, 17-12 at halftime and 24-17 after three quarters. Suzy Lind (GA) stood out for Valley Gold, while Lucy Taupo (GK) produced another fine performance for Athletic.
In a midweek game, to avoid a clash with formal preparations, Waitaki Girls’ High School Lightning Strike beat WGHS Wildfire 41-26.