St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Girls’ High School Lightning Strike each made it two from two to start the season with wins in premier netball last week.
Lightning Strike beat its school rival, Waitaki Girls’ Wildfire, 37-30 in a game played midweek to accommodate preparations for the school formal.
There was only a goal in it after the first quarter but Lightning Strike pulled out to a 21-13 lead at halftime and was in control from that point.
Goal attack India McLay popped up everywhere for Lightning Strike, shooting from all parts of the circle and also rebounding and passing well.
McLay’s combination with rising goal shoot Losa Fifita was a feature, while another Fifita, defender Maikale, showed her speed and agility to come up with plenty of ball at the back.
Wildfire star Molly Hurst maintained her intensity throughout the game, leading from the front with several different shooting partners because of injury to Madaleine Mansfield.
Holly Beazer produced a strong defensive effort for Wildfire.
St Kevin’s carried momentum from its Australian tour into the local scene when it beat Maheno 31-25.
The schoolgirls led 9-5 after the first quarter and 16-13 at halftime before pouring on the pressure in the third quarter to take a 26-18 lead into the last spell.
St Kevin’s played a short passing style which made it hard for Maheno to defend.
Maheno contested every ball and won some valuable possession but struggled to get the ball into its shooters past the tight defence of Rylee Bell and Hannah Cunningham.
Ellen Swanson, stepping up to premier netball, had a constructive game at centre for St Kevin’s, while Becky Patterson looked good at wing attack on debut for Maheno.
In the all-Valley clash, Gold beat Silver 49-17.
Valley Gold, making plenty of changes and trialling different combinations, was led superbly by midcourter Mikayla Cleveland, who came up with great defensive ball and was steady on attack.
The Silver players maintained intensity for the whole game. Ashley Smyth was determined and strong, and Taieri Grant came up with some nice ball.