DEX in scrappy win

A-GRADE netball commenced the day with Tucabia Opals taking on City DEX.

A scrappy start by both teams with passes going across court with no players driving onto the ball.

Jay was playing a good game at centre for the Opals until injuring her ankle. DEX took the first quarter by one goal 7-6.

Basic errors by Tucabia saw many turnovers, with DEX starting the quarter by scoring six unanswered goals with very accurate shooting by DEX’s Leah McLachlan.

Tucabia needed to cut back on penalties as this would assist their team especially in the circle.

Once their defensive players settled and put more legitimate pressure on the DEX shooters they caused some misses. But DEX still took the quarter 8-3.

Positional changes by Opals, moving Kellie Stevens to goalkeeper and Amy and Angela into the attack, saw better play by Opals with some good intercepts. But this wasn’t enough to stem the flow of goals, with DEX again taking the quarter and retaining the lead by 10 goals.

Opals showed more patience at the beginning of the fourth quarter which saw them rewarded in the shooting circle. If Opals had played with this intensity in the first three quarters, the result might well have been different, as they took the last quarter 10-6.

All up, a game that wasn’t up to the usual A-grade standard, with DEX winning 29-23.

In the other A-grade games GHS URB were far too strong for City 17s and took the game 30 to 12 even though the 17s managed to win the first quarter.

In A-reserve Rhino Rampagers took on GHS Fizgig. Rampagers had a couple of players away with basketball and it looked like the rest of the team didn’t turn up to play, with Fizgig outplaying Rampagers in all areas of the court. Fizgig took the game 35-20.

Other A-reserve results saw an extremely close game between CVAS Searles up against Rhino Storm, with CVAS winning by the loan goal 31-30.

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