Simmons' new role a success
SOME great games of netball were played on Saturday. In A-grade 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 both combinations 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, 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 the erratic passing from the 17s saw plenty of turnovers which again had Smyths take the second quarter 11-6.
Strong rebounds by Tahlia Godwin for the 17s at every missed opportunity combined with more controlled passing through the centre court culminated with accurate shooting by Emily Tuite and Caitlyn Nay.
Good passing between the 17s Caitlyn and Laura Warby in the circle was unfortunately not rewarded by successful shooting.
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.
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 Trudy O’Mahony and Shona Mullen and also 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 rhythm 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 this was rewarded by more accurate shooting of Ashley McLennan and Toni Paine which saw Strongbow take the halftime lead 16-15.
The third quarter was a see-sawing affair from both teams, with both scoring seven goals apiece, leaving Strongbow going into the final quarter with a one goal lead.
By end of the match it was the Storm which got home 28-27.