Wins for Lightning Strike, Athletic and Wildfire while Silver and Excelsior draw

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Athletic Liquorland handed competition leaders Valley Gold their second loss of the season with a 33-25 in premier netball action on Saturday.

Athletic took it right to the Valley Gold side and managed to unsettle them throughout the mid-court and under the hoop.

Gold tried all they could to mix it with the Athletic side, but were unable to match them. Athletic goal attack Mel Lewis was tremendous for her team, sinking shots from everywhere and appearing all over the court.

In the second game, Excelsior and Valley Silver played out a 21-all draw that left both sides looking for more and struggling to keep in touch with the top sides.

The 2pm game was a battle between the schools, with WGHS Lightning Strike running out comprehensive 44-23 winners over a spirited SKC Snr B side.

In the final game of the day, it was another battle between the schools and again WGHS proved too strong, with Wildfire winning 41-30 in an entertaining game of netball.

Both sides spread the ball well, but it was the shooting combination of Mary-Jean Heap and Dunedin under-17 representative Jennifer O’Connell which got the side home.

Wing attack Rebecca Dellaway also had a strong game, while Tiana Mihaere, Nicole Dowling and O’Connell’s Dunedin under-17 teammate Merekite Wahitapu showed plenty of promise for SKC Snr A.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

QUICK PASS: Waitaki Girls’ High School Wildfire wing attack Rebecca Dellaway had a strong game on Saturday.