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On the attack . . . Kurow centre Rebecca Stark looks for the pass to goal shoot Nicole Phillips during the premier club netball game against St Kevin's College on Saturday. St Kevin's defenders are Annie Metcalfe (left) and Laura Preston. Also pictured is Kurow wing attack Britt Haugh.  PHOTOS: CAROL EDWARDS

Promoted side Kurow is set to be more than competitive in the premier ranks of North Otago club netball.

Having just made the jump from the second tier, Kurow was given no favours by the committee and drawn against top premier team St Kevin’s College on Saturday.

The country club fronted up well and showed plenty of spirit in a 29-24 loss to the slick schoolgirls.

St Kevin’s decided to start some of its younger players, and new combinations took a while to settle.

It was tied after the first three quarters – 7-7 after one, 13-13 after two, and 20-20 after three – and it was only in the final quarter that St Kevin’s took control.

Dehana Shearer (GD) and Anna Haugh (GK) combined well in the defensive circle for Kurow, disrupting the passes into the school shooters.

Kurow centre Rebecca Stark also shone, picking up ball throughout the court and threading passes into her circle attackers.

Midcourt battle . . . St Kevin’s centre Ellen Swanson grabs the ball ahead of Kurow opposite Rebecca Stark.

Annie Metcalfe was outstanding at goal keep for St Kevin’s, picking up numerous intercepts, while Jaimee Trainor stepped up at goal shoot in the final quarter.

The clash between Maheno and Waitaki Girls’ High School Wildfire turned into a thriller, and finished in a 33-33 draw.

Wildfire led 10-7 after the first quarter before Maheno goal shoot Shannon Vince guided her team back to level terms, 19-19, at halftime.

The schoolgirls edged ahead again, 28-25, after three quarters before Maheno, led by the key defensive partnership of Melissa Smith and Carmen Brenssell, won the final quarter.

Holly Beazer (GK) rebounded strongly and snaffled some intercepts for Wildfire, and Kat Kawau (C/WA) controlled the Maheno attack.

In other games, Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Strike beat Athletic Maroon 45-21, and Valley Gold beat Valley Silver 45-10 in the Valley derby.