Pre­miers with­stand Magpies chal­lenges

Albany Advertiser - - SPORT - Cameron New­bold

De­fend­ing pre­miers Kangas 1 with­stood a spir­ited chal­lenge from close ri­vals Magpies 1 to record their sec­ond win of the Al­bany Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion A1 com­pe­ti­tion in round 5 on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Kangas led by a goal in the open­ing term and the mar­gin was the same again at half-time as Magpies’ mid-court pair Kelly Judd and Sa­van­nah Hill helped their side re­main in touch.

The third term proved crit­i­cal for the Kangas, how­ever, as Kirsty Smith and Mar­cia Treve­nen moved well in the goal cir­cle, and young­ster Maddi Hines worked hard at cen­tre, with their side win­ning the quar­ter 11 goals to eight.

Magpies failed to go away though as they con­tin­ued to fight back in the fi­nal term, but they fell five goals short at the fi­nal whis­tle.

Kangas outscored their op­po­nents by a goal in the last stanza as they went on to notch a 41-36 vic­tory and bounce back from last week’s draw with Gram­mar 1.

It has been a mixed start for the new-look Kangas side, hav­ing lost in the open­ing round to Roy­als Saints 1 be­fore an em­phatic 44-goal win over Bethel in round 2.

Just two points sep­a­rate sec­ond and fifth place on the lad­der after five com­pleted rounds, with Kan-

gas 2 also chalk­ing up a sec­ond win for the year on Satur­day.

De­spite hav­ing only one win com­ing into the clash with Bethel, Kangas proved far too strong as they scored more than 10 goals in all four quar­ters of the game on their way to a com­fort­able 22-goal tri­umph.

Stacey Rogers was in­flu­en­tial in cen­tre court, along with young tal-

ent Caitlin Ward as Kangas ex­tended their 13-goal half-time mar­gin to win 54-32.

Roy­als Saints re­main two games clear on top of the lad­der after a fifth win of the sea­son, down­ing Nar­rikup 1 by 22 goals in the other round 5 fix­ture.

The young Roy­als Saints out­fit are un­beaten from their first five games and have the bye in round 6.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Kangas 1 for­ward Mar­cia Treve­nen shoots over Magpies de­fender Re­becca Goodliffe.

Bethel’s Naomi Why­att looks to get past Kangas 2's Jenelle Mar­wick.

Kangas 1's Maddi Hines looks for op­tions.

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