Valley Gold impresses

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A big win to Valley Gold and St Kevin’s Platinum’s first win of the season were the features of the second round of North Otago premier netball on Saturday.
Valley Gold backed up its opening round win over St Kevin’s Steel with a more than comfortable 41-12 win over Papakaio, which shocked Waitaki Girls’ High School Wildfire in round one.
After leading 10-3 at the end of the first quarter and 20-6 at halftime, Valley continued to pull away to lead 32-9 at three-quarter time.
Valley Gold coach Petra Aspros said she was happy with the win, and felt her side had improved on its first round showing.
“Valley Gold was better than it was the week before. The things we had worked on at training really came out through the game.”She was particularly impressed with the accuracy of goal shoot Kara Cox in the circle and the defensive efforts of goal keep Briar Wilson.
However, Aspros said there was still work to be done if the side was to go on and win its third consecutive title.
“We tried a few different combinations; we have a few new girls in the team, so we are still working on the combinations we are building.”Valley Silver, also coached by Aspros, picked up a 36-33 come-from-behind win over Waitaki Girls’ Wildfire, which she described as a “fantastic game”.
She praised the work of goal keep Amber Direen and was also impressed with Kate McGregor’s efforts in the centre bib.
St Kevin’s Platinum registered its first win of the season with a 33-24 victory over Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Strike after leading 16-12 at halftime. Strong winds played havoc with the ball, which made possession vital and led to several turnovers from both sides.
Athletic proved too strong for St Kevin’s Steel with a 27-14 win after leading 13-8 at halftime, with goal shoot Jayne Meddlicott and goal keep Lucy Taupo adapting to the blustery conditions well, as did St Kevin’s goal defence Georgia Oakes and centre Laura Preston.