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Blayze Rooney and Lucy Taupo turned up the defensive heat to guide Athletic to a 32-18 win over Papakaio in premier club netball on Saturday.
Rooney (wing defence) put pressure on the Papakaio midcourt, stemming the flow of ball into the circle, and Taupo (goal keep) pulled in a lot of turnover ball from attempted high passes to shooters.
Athletic led 7-4 after the first quarter and made a big move in the second, holding Papakaio to just two goals in the quarter to lead 15-6 at halftime.
Katie Ball tried hard on attack for Papakaio from wing attack before moving back to centre, while wing defence Stacey Butson brought the ball through court well.
Competition leader Valley Gold maintained its unbeaten run but had to work hard for a 33-28 win over a game Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Strike side.
Valley led 9-8 after the first quarter but fell behind 18-14 at halftime. The schoolgirls were still up after three quarters, 25-24, but Valley came home strongly.
Goal keep Briar Wilson celebrated her birthday with a superb performance for Valley, disrupting the Lightning Strike shooting circle. At the other end, Izzy Hurst stood out for Waitaki Girls’.
St Kevin’s Platinum showed good composure to dominate the final quarter and beat Waitaki Girls’ Wildfire 27-24. Jenna Stuart (goal shoot) shot well for Platinum, while Hannah Johnston (goal attack) stood out for Wildfire.
Valley Silver and St Kevin’s Steel battled to a rare draw, 29-29, in the final game of the round.
Steel led 10-7 after the first quarter, and looked to have the game in hand at 18-13 at halftime and 26-19 at the three-quarter mark. But Valley, led by goal attack Bethany Robertson, poured in 10 goals in the final quarter and Steel could only manage three.Nike shoesAutres