Smyths too good for club rivals
SOME great games of netball were played on Saturday.
In A-grade in the first game of the day City 17s took on club rivals City Smyths.
A strong, even start by both teams in the first five minutes saw them going goal for goal before Smyths pulled away and scored seven unanswered goals, taking the first quarter by 13-5.
Ebony Simmons, in a new role as goal shooter and moving from the defensive end, combined well with Leigh Predo at goal attack and with strong defence by Smyths’ Kelly Smyth and Bryony Edgar had the 17s in disarray.
The 17s started the second quarter more settled, matching the well-disciplined Smyths team but their erratic passing saw plenty of turnovers which allowed Smyths to take the second quarter 11-6.
Strong rebounds by Tahlia Godwin for the 17s at every missed opportunity and with more controlled passing through the centre court saw the 17s rewarded with accurate shooting by Emily Tuite and Caitlyn Nay in the third quarter, which was again taken by Smyths, 7-6.
Good passing between the 17s Caitlyn and Laura Warby in the circle was unfortunately not turned into successful shots.
Good intercepts by Chantelle Reay and rebounding again by Tahlia and with the 17s finally landing their shots saw the final quarter more even.
Smyths took the game 37-22 in what was a well-drilled display by all members of their team.
The other A grade game saw a dominant GHS URB take on City DEX.
Although short of players, GHS were far too strong for DEX 39-21.
In A Reserve Rhino Storm took on Rhino Strongbow. It’s great to see the return of players Trudy O’Mahony and Shona Mullen to the game of netball and welcome back to Sandra Dahl after the birth of her daughter.
The first quarter had an even start, with missed shooting opportunities by both teams. Storm were the first to settle into their shots and took the quarter 7-5.
Good control of the centre court by Bonnie Bruce for Strongbow and intercepts by Priscilla Oates saw Strongbow play a more structured game and their play was rewarded by more accurate shooting of Ashley McLennan and Toni Paine, which saw Strongbow take the quarter 11-8 and go into the second half of the game with a one-goal lead 16-15.
The third quarter was a see-sawing affair from both teams with them scoring seven goals a piece, leaving Strongbow to go into the final quarter with a one-goal lead.
Accurate shooting by the Storm shooters saw them take the game 28 to 27. In other A Reserve games, a one-sided affair for three quarters of the game saw Rhino Ivories far too dominant over GHS Fizgig, taking out their game 30 to 14. CVAS Searles came away with a one-point win over the strong Rhino Rampagers 26 to 25.