Saints pro­duce heav­enly start against Ru­n­aways in Premier League

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

SAINTS kicked off the new Townsville Premier League net­ball sea­son the same way they fin­ished off 2010, beat­ing Ru­n­aways on Mon­day night.

In a re­play of last sea­son’s de­cider, Saints ran away 48-30 win­ners.

They led from start to fin­ish, win­ning the first term 11-9 be­fore power- ing away in the last three quar­ters to seal the 18-point vic­tory.

Saints coach Patti Nahrung said it was a re­sult that had bol­stered the squad’s con­fi­dence.

‘‘ We didn’t play to our po­ten­tial in the grad­ing games so to come back and pro­duce how they nor­mally play was re­ally good,’’ she said.

De­spite the com­fort­able mar­gin, Ru­n­aways pro­vided Saints, who have a strong con­tin­gent of Mag­netic North Steel­cats, with a tough battle.

‘‘ Our shoot­ing per­cent­age was low and we seemed flat all the way down the court,’’ Ru­n­aways coach Julie Marty said. ‘‘ But we def­i­nitely can’t take any­thing away from Saints they played some nice net­ball.’’

In other re­sults, High­landers de­feated Vix­ens ( 2) 48-30, Cen­ten Ho­tel Vix­ens beat Bur­dekin 37-33 and Ru­n­aways White proved too good for Saints Sirens, win­ning 49-27.

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