Bur­dekin fire up

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

BUR­DEKIN have main­tained their run to fi­nals in the Townsville City Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion premier league with a 35- 27 win over Phoenix.

De­fence dom­i­nated Mon­day night’s low- scor­ing game, with nu­mer­ous turnovers cost­ing both teams chances.

But Bur­dekin gun de­fend­ers Jacklyn and Shelby Nor­ris again stood tall to force some of Phoenix’s turnovers, with ex­pe­ri­enced wing at­tack Kathryn Sar­tori feed­ing the ball su­perbly to fill- in goal at­tack Krys­tel Wat­ego.

Bur­dekin cap­tain Cara Trindle, who was rested from Mon­day’s game with a back strain, said the con­test was still played at a high tempo de­spite the low score­line.

“There was plenty of in­ten­sity be­cause both teams wanted to stay in that fourth spot,” she said.

“So it was treated as a must­win game, and it was great to get the re­sult in the end.

“The Nor­ris sis­ters were again amaz­ing for us and I think our pa­tience re­ally helped us.”

Bur­dekin have now won their last two games and surged into fi­nals con­tention af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a run of losses ear­lier in the sea­son.

Saints still lead the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter scor­ing a 49- 13 win over High­land- Tigers, and Mar­ian- Vix­ens fol­low closely af­ter down­ing Nep­tunes 52- 30.

Bur­dekin, Ru­n­aways and Phoenix are all jostling for the fourth and last spot for fi­nals net­ball, which is only weeks away.

“We cer­tainly hope we can keep this form go­ing,” said, Trindle, who is ex­pected to re­turn to ac­tion next week.

“We have a tough game next week­end against Mar­ian-Vix­ens and hope­fully we can be com­pet­i­tive and stick with them.” Townsville City Net­ball — Round 19 Saints 49 def High­land- Tigers 39; Bur­dekin 35 def Phoenix 27; Mar­ian-Vix­ens 52 d Nep­tunes 30.

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