SOME accurate shooting and sharp defence was the difference between the City DEX and Rhino Storm teams in the Grafton Netball A grade match on Saturday.
The teams were going goal for goal with both centres, DEX'S Kallie Murphy and Rhino's Emily Durrington continually running to either end.
The score at the end of the first quarter was 7/6 to DEX.
DEX came out strongly in the second quarter and with some quick, early intercepts by Katie Brown was able to score some quick points.
Rhinos fought back with Lauren Hastings and Melinda Hastings working well to intercept and throw the ball quickly to each other to move the ball to their end to score.
At half time the score was 15/9 to DEX.
City DEX then moved the game up a notch, which the Rhinos were quick to match.
Accurate shooting by DEX's Laura Tuite and Leah McLachlan gave DEX a strong lead which Rhino's found hard to peg back.
DEX goalkeeper Shelby Ditton shone in the goal circle ensuring Rhino's did not add too much to their score and by the end of the third quarter scores were 24 /14 to DEX.
City DEX again came out hard in the fourth quarter and began moving the ball well down the court to the goals.
With Rhino's defences of Kate Gordon and Lisa Hill in DEX's goal circle, a number of great intercepts were gained, but the sharp shooting of Laura Tuite and Connie Clark had DEX finding the goal in most attempts.
Rhino's shooters, Ashleigh McLennan and Kim Blinman worked hard to the end, but unfortunately their shooting attempts were not as successful.
At the end of an exciting game which the final score of 34/16, which did not accurately reflect the evenness of both teams.
Other game results for A grade: Tuc Opals 23 defeated Rhino Whipets 19 City Smyths declared winner because GHS URB forfeited.