URB survive the heat to start with a win

GRAFTON High School URB won their highly-anticipated A grade showdown against Tucabia Opals as the Grafton Netball Association season began on Saturday.

URB's 27-12 victory was all the more impressive considering it finished the match with just six players on the court.

Oppressive heat in Grafton on Saturday took its toll on both teams, with a number of players retiring from the game due to illness and dehydration.

Both teams started strongly, and although it was evident early the Kerry Donovan-led URB outfit held an advantage, Tucabia were not prepared to give up without a fight.

At the end of the first quarter URB led 8-3.

The Opals worked hard to peg back the deficit in the second quarter but failed to make any headway, adding just three goals in the period.

Grafton High's goal area defence was superb, led by Elly Casson and Helen King, and at the end of three quarters they held a commanding 21-9 lead.

Tucabia tried to exploit their numerical advantage in the final quarter, but Grafton High had all the answers.

Monica Hambly and Ashley King tried valiantly in defence for the Opals, but the height of goal shooter Sam Donavan proved too much for Tucabia to overcome.

In other A grade games, City DEX defeated Rhino Whippets 22-13, and City Smyths downed Rhino Storm 41-30.

Results from other grades will appear later in the week.