BACK IN ACTION: Redmen Steakhouse’s Bianca Dougherty in the A-grade netball match against SSB Topshelf on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak
BACK IN ACTION: Redmen Steakhouse’s Bianca Dougherty in the A-grade netball match against SSB Topshelf on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak

Opals on ball in A-grade

SENIOR netball returned to Grafton on Saturday and the three-week break had no effect on Tucabia Opals.

The A-grade competition leaders won their match against GHS Pink Ladies 40 to 30.

Most of the first quarter featured a goal for goal contest. Tucabia finally grabbed a slim lead via a key intercept that provided the momentum and allowed the Opals to grab a two-goal lead.

A player switch at the first break for Tucabia, with Monica Hambly now providing the tempo, kept the Opals rolling and they started to pull away. For GHS, Justine Crispin's play all over the court was the highlight as they tried to stay close.

The third quarter was all Tucabia as Helen King took several intercepts which led to easy scores as the lead ballooned up to 12.

The introduction of Kim Blinman at the start of the last term seemed to rally the Pink Ladies, but not enough time was left to mount a full comeback.

City Waratahs registered a strong 53 to 33 win over Redmen Aussie Hotel. Excellent shooting from the opening bell by Waratah duo Heidi Dalton and Kathryn Grainger set the tone as they opened up a quick lead.

The Redmen rallied together, especially through Nikki Cousemacker, to keep their opponents honest. At the half, the fast start by City was enough for a 10-goal lead.

The second half was evenly fought for the first few minutes, but eventually Waratahs again got the upper hand as Zahli Bancroft and Lucy Howard helped City to a comfortable win.

In the other match Redmen Aussie Steakhouse 38 defeated SSB Topshelf 19.



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