Double for WGHS sides

SHARE

Waitaki Girls’ High School teams did the double in vastly contrasting styles in the latest round of North Otago premier netball on Saturday.
Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Strike dished out a 59-14 lesson to Papakaio, but Waitaki Girls’ Wildfire had to work much harder to subdue a gallant St Kevin’s College Steel side 34-24.
The developing St Kevin’s team led 8-6 after the first quarter and 16-13 at halftime, and an upset was on the cards until centre Laura Fenwick inspired Wildfire to a strong finish.
Goal shoot Taneisha Fifita got into the groove nicely for Wildfire, while counterpart Brytnee Firman showed plenty of skill for Steel.
Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Fire rebounded superbly from a loss the previous week with a dominant performance against Papakaio.
The schoolgirls showed some brilliant touches and silky ball skills and were led by a faultless performance from wing attack Kate Lawrence as they racked up their highest score in years.
Valley Gold remains the only unbeaten team in the top grade following its 41-13 win over sister team Valley Silver.
Intraclub games are notoriously difficult for players as they clash with clubmates, and the game lacked in intensity as Gold dominated play and won a lot of turnovers.
Kara Cox, the regular “rover”, played for the Gold side and her absence was felt by Silver.
In the final game of the round, Athletic pipped St Kevin’s Platinum by two goals in a low-scoring encounter.
Athletic led 6-4 after the first quarter and 10-6 at halftime, and maintained a two-goal advantage throughout the second half. Goal defence Aysha Hirama and goal shoot Jane Medlicott stood out for Athletic, and Emma Slater had a strong game for Platinum.