Laura Warby shoots for GHS against City 17s in A-grade netball.
Laura Warby shoots for GHS against City 17s in A-grade netball. Brendan Ray

DEX beat tiring Opals

ON Saturday the Grafton Netball Association saw the second last round of competition before the finals series commence.

In A-grade, City Smyths have an unassailable lead on the rest of the competition and will take out the minor premiership no matter what their results are in next week's game as they had the bye this week.

City DEX took on Tucabia Opals in the first A-grade game on Saturday, and started well, taking the first quarter 11-5.

The second quarter was a more even, albeit lower-scoring affair, with DEX converting their one chance at a turnover and going into the half-time break with a 17-9 lead.

DEX, fortunate enough to have 10 players turn up for their game, was able to make fresh substitutions which were to their advantage on a warm day for playing.

Tiredness took hold for the seven Opals players with no fresh reserves available, and allowed DEX to dominate the third quarter 12-1, and eventually take the game, 36-16.

City 17s and GHS URB played in the final match of the day, and although both teams only had six players take the court, GHS dominated all four quarters.

Stand-in shooter Carol Simmons enjoyed a run in A-grade for the first time this year, and combined well with goal attack Hannah Mears to have GHS comfortably take the first quarter 11-5.

Strong defence by GHS's Stacey Roberts and Helen King made City's shooting extremely difficult and GHS went into half-time with a 19-8 lead.

The third quarter was completed dominated by GHS. Ashley Durrington and Kate Synott controlled the centre court and fed the circle extremely well for their team, and with Simons on fire with her shots, GHS outscored the 17s 14-2 for the term.

They lost 41-14, but City 17s never stopped trying in what was a very social game with all players enjoying a chat on the court.

With GHS URB winning their game and having the bye next week, they take out second spot on the A-grade competition ladder.

But, the one point City 17s earned from this game may just be enough for them to hold on to fourth spot in A-grade.

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