Versatile defender Holly Beazer inspired her Waitaki Girls’ High School Wildfire team to a fine comeback win in premier netball on Saturday.
Wildfire charged home to beat Athletic 30-25.
The schoolgirls had led 14-11 at halftime but a crafty Athletic side, inspired by outstanding goal shoot Olivia Brien, forged ahead 21-19 with a quarter to play.
Beazer moved from wing defence to goal keep and was instrumental in stemming the flow of Athletic goals and creating turnovers.
Nicole Lowen also shone on defensive duty for Wildfire, while Monique Lewis stepped up well in the circle alongside star shooter Molly Hurst.
Lightning Strike made it a double for Waitaki Girls’ with a 34-15 win over Valley Silver.
Laura Dunshea displayed all her intensity and skill for Lightning Strike, delivering some lovely ball into the circle while at wing attack then finding the net nicely when moved to goal shoot.
Goal keep Charlotte Weir was also strong for the schoolgirls, coming up with some intercepts against a formidable opponent in Valley Silver’s Ani Lafoou.
Valley Gold overcame a slow start to run away with a 41-21 win over Maheno.
It was 7-7 after the first quarter, and the game was still in the balance at halftime, when Valley Gold led 18-13, but the defending champion poured on the pressure over the third and fourth quarters.
Brytnee Firman delivered an impeccable shooting display for Valley Gold, showing admirable concentration and strength, while Shay Frost was determined at goal keep.
Mel Smith worked tirelessly at goal defence for Maheno, which is still searching for its first win of the season.