URB’s goal attack Sam Donovan lines up for a shot in the clash against Smyths on Saturday.
URB’s goal attack Sam Donovan lines up for a shot in the clash against Smyths on Saturday.

URB crushes Smyths to start season

GHS URB got their Grafton Netball A-grade campaign off to the best possible start with a 36-13 triumph over CITY Smyths on Saturday.

Both teams were understrength for the match but displayed plenty of enthusiasm from the outset.

URB duo Sam Donavan and Ashley Durrington dominated the opening quarter with Smyths’ Shelby Ditton and Candice Chevalley doing their best to keep their side within touch.

URB led 8-4 at the first break and maintained their dominance in the second term with the goal defender claiming a number of key intercepts.

The turnovers proved costly with URB opening up a 17-8 advantage by half-time.

URB strengthened their line-up in the third term with goal-shooter Charlie Donavan joining her sister Sam in the circle.

The two worked the circle well and Chevalley and Ditton struggled to contain them with URB leading 26-11 heading into the final term.

By then it was obvious Smyths would not win but they never gave up the fight.

Kate Synott and substitute Kirby Danvers worked tirelessly in attack but it was not enough with URB running out convincing winners.

Also on Saturday, Rhino B&S Kitchens edged out CITY Spoons 24-21 in a thriller.

B&S Kitchens skipped away to a 3-0 lead early but Spoons refused to concede.

Although the long reach of B&S Kitchens defender Emily Durrington threatened to rob them of any hope, Spoons fought back to close the margin to 7-6 at the end of the first term.

Spoons’ Laura Warby and Hayley Kingsley made some strong plays for the ball, keeping rivals Shona Muller and Megan Darby on their toes but B&S Kitchens led 10-8 at half-time.

B&S Kitchens started the third term strongly with some early intercepts giving Kim Blinman and Kirsty Malinowski a host of goal-scoring opportunities.

Spoons defenders Nicola Darke and Hayley Kingsley did their best to turn the tide and their efforts ensured that they remained in touch at 15-13 heading into the final term.

The Spoons continued to challenge their rivals in the fourth quarter but were unable to reduce the margin with B&S Kitchens running out deserved winners.

The turnovers proved costly with URB opening up a 17-8 advantage by half-time.



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