ON COURT: Nikki Cousemacker in action for Redmen Aussie Hotel in the Grafton Netball Association A-Grade clash with Redmen Aussie Steakhouse. PHOTO: MATTHEW MCINERNEY
ON COURT: Nikki Cousemacker in action for Redmen Aussie Hotel in the Grafton Netball Association A-Grade clash with Redmen Aussie Steakhouse. PHOTO: MATTHEW MCINERNEY

Small advantage in final moments sees Tucabia win

The match of the day was the much anticipated B1 tussle between Tucabia Southies and the Grafton High School Jerry Hatricks.

Early on it looked anything but though as the Southies, led by the quartet of Shantelle Lentfer, Karlie Chevalley, Brooke Lilley, and Beershena Burnett, took control and seemed to have everything their own way.

Continued accurate shooting through the entire first half helped the Tucabia girls extend their advantage from their five-point lead at the first break to eight points at the half.

As if flipping a switch, the second half was a complete reversal. Donna Jackson started to exhibit great form under the post, inspiring her Jerry Hatricks team-mates and suddenly Jessica McPherson, Tamara Roberts, and the Joe sisters, Tahnee and Bianca, seemed to be everywhere during a rousing comeback which closed the gap to just one goal at three-quarter time.

Down the stretch, both sides exhibited some top notch netball, matching each other goal for goal. Only in the final moments were the Southies able to grab a small advantage and as time expired came away victors, 48-44.

Over on the A grade court, City Waratahs tried hard but it proved not to be their day as they were beaten convincingly by the GHS Pink Ladies. The final score of 42 to 13 was indicative of the top shooting from the Pink Ladies tandem of Kim Blinman and Trudy O'Mahony.

In the other A grade fixtures a mistake-free final quarter led by centre Bianca Dougherty allowed Redmen Aussie Steakhouse to pull away to a 42-30 win over Redmen Aussie Hotel 42 - 30, and Tucabia Opals ran away with a sound 37-23 victory against SSB Topshelf.



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