Fading 17's just scrape home

THE first A-grade game was a non-event at the Grafton netball courts on Saturday with Tucabia Opals forfeiting to City Smyths.

The next A-grade game had City 17’s take on City DEX. The game had an even start with goals going with centre passes before 17’s took the advantage of a poor pass by DEX and took the first quarter 8-6.

The second quarter saw the 17’s crowding themselves in the centre court and needing to work on better positioning and valuing the ball with more accurate passing. DEX did a great job at taking the court space away by not playing player on player.

But even with their more structured play they couldn’t stop the 17’s taking the quarter and going into the halftime break with a five-goal lead.

The third quarter was an even, low-scoring affair with DEX pulling back a goal and taking the quarter but still trailed 17’s by four goals.

The final quarter had the 17’s start with a more patient build-up in their play but they then threw it away. DEX consistently worked hard on their game and scored three quick goals to help bridge the gap. But 17’s fitness came into play as they tired and continued to make mistakes allowing their lead to dwindle to one goal. To their credit they did fight back and took the game 26-23 in what was a good A-grade spectacle.

No stand-out players this week for either team, just a good game to watch.

A-reserve grade saw Rhino Rampagers take on Rhino Storm.

Spectators tell me that it was a good game of netball.

This game was close all the way and evenly contested with Storm coming away 33-29.

The final round had two A-reserve games taking the court.

Rhinos Strongbow were up against GHS Fizgig (meaning a mixture of young and old, which is a fitting description for this team). Strongbow “jumped out of the blocks” to take a 4-1 lead before some good defence by Ashleigh and Kerry for Fizgig allowed their shooters, Carol and Trish, to reward their team with some excellent shooting scoring 5 unanswered goals and allowing Fizgig to take the quarter 10-7.

The second quarter had Strongbow attacking line up of Cyndi, Toni and Bonnie working really well through the centre court and shooting circle but it wasn’t enough to stem the good team work of Fizgig which allowed them to go into the half time break with a seven goal lead and the scoreline reading 19-12.

The third quarter was a very tight and even tussle by both teams with the quarter scoreline being 7-all.

Again with the Strongbows attacking players working well, they managed to score nine goals to Fizgig’s five. But it was all a little too late with Fizgig taking the game 31-28.

Special mention must go to Brooke Young, 11, who filled in for Strongbow and shot well.

Rhino Ivories took on CVAS in their A-reserve game and even though CVAS dominated the first half of the game, Ivories came fighting back in a big way to take the game 37-27.

17’s fitness came into play as they tired and continued to make mistakes allowing their lead to dwindle.



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