Valley Silver digs deep to beat Athletic

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Valley Silver produced arguably its best performance of the premier netball season to beat Athletic 30-25 on Saturday.The second-string Valley side led 16-13 at halftime but had an awful third quarter, and trailed 19-18 with one quarter to play.That scare propelled Silver to win the final quarter 12-6 to seal an excellent win.Goal attack Brooke MacKay was in superb form in her final game for Valley Silver before heading overseas, while Blayze Rooney and Aysha Hirama combined nicely in the defence circle for Athletic.Excelsior celebrated its first victory since returning to the premier ranks with a 41-20 win over St Kevin’s College Steel.The win was built on the sound defensive platform laid by Casey Stringer (goal defence) and Shannon Park (goal keep), who hunted as a pack and created a lot of turnovers.
Excelsior led just 7-6 after the first quarter but roared to a 20-9 lead at halftime and never looked back.
Defender Tivinia Misiloi and shooter Brytnee Firman tried their hardest at either end for St Kevin’s Steel.Two-time defending champion Valley Gold marched on with a 44-18 win over Waitaki Girls’ High School Wildfire.Defenders Briar Wilson, Nicky Wallace and Sarah Newlands worked well together for Valley Gold, which led 8-5 after the first quarter, 20-7 at halftime and 33-12 after three quarters.
Waitaki Girls’ Lightning Strike pushed on from a 15-15 deadlock at halftime to beat St Kevin’s Platinum 37-27.
Club netball takes a break before resuming on July 30.