Col­lege net­ballers pushed

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

It was a tough out­ing for Tawa Col­lege in Kapi Mana pre­mier net­ball on Satur­day, but a semi­fi­nal spot is well within reach.

The col­lege side have a two-win, two-loss record af­ter four matches and are third.

Ru­n­away lead­ers Norths 1 and KBJ 1 will be dif­fi­cult to catch, but Tawa coach Hay­ley­may Taru said the ex­pe­ri­ence her play­ers were gain­ing was in­valu­able.

Tawa were com­pet­i­tive for long pe­ri­ods against KBJ 1 on Satur­day, but their er­rors and the ex­pe­ri­ence of the league lead­ers told, and they copped a 65- 28 past­ing.

‘‘We held our own at the de­fen­sive end and had op­por­tu­ni­ties on at­tack, but we didn’t fin­ish them off,’’ Taru said. ‘‘You can’t make mis­takes against KBJ.’’

Her team is newly pro­moted and she said they would more than hold their own in the top grade.

In Norths 1 and KBJ 1, Tawa Col­lege are fac­ing play­ers who have ruled the Mun­gavin courts for years.

‘‘Most of the [Tawa] girls are year 13, but there are year 11 and 12s there, so it’s great for their de­vel­op­ment and net­ball at the col­lege.

‘‘They are find­ing it a chal­lenge in pre­mier 1 and need to get used to muscling up a bit, be­cause it can be tough out there.

‘‘We want to un­leash some of that po­ten­tial. Top three is real­is­tic for us this sea­son.’’

Bri­ana Reese and Olivia Booth were team lead­ers on court, and at train­ing there were a lot of play­ers try­ing new po­si­tions, she said.

In other pre­mier 1 matches, Aotea Red pipped Kahu­rangi 51-50, KBJ 2 thrashed Pare­mataPlim­mer­ton 64-29, and Norths 1 were too strong for Rockz 1, 51-24.

In Cen­tral League foot­ball on Satur­day, Tawa were taken apart 7-0 by Mi­ra­mar Rangers at David Far­ring­ton Park.

The vis­i­tors were starved of pos­ses­sion as Rangers put on a one­touch mas­ter­class.

It was a case of deja vu at En­deav­our Park, where Western Sub­urbs faced Pe­tone, a week af­ter their Chatham Cup clash.

The score­line in the Cup was 1-0 to Wests; this time they went one bet­ter to record a 2-0 win af­ter goals to Harry Edge and Greg Rosen­thal.

The win pushed Wests up to sixth, two points off Napier City Rovers in third. Tawa stay eighth.

Porirua Vik­ings recorded a nail­bit­ing 38-36 vic­tory over Univer­sity at the Bernie Wood Turf in Welling­ton pre­mier club rugby league on Satur­day. Both sides scored seven tries and the Hunters had a chance to sal­vage a draw with a con­ver­sion on full­time, but it sailed wide.

St Ge­orge, mean­while, were thumped 48-16 by Wainuiomata at Can­nons Creek Park. The Vik­ings are fifth, on the same num­ber of points as Wainuiomata and Univer­sity, and St Ge­orge re­main sev­enth.

In Swin­dale Shield rugby ac­tion, Tawa lost at Lyn­d­hurst Park for the first time since June 2012, with a 31-27 de­feat to Pe­tone. It was also their first loss any­where since last July.

How­ever, Marist St Pat’s also lost, so Tawa main­tain their five­point buf­fer at the top of the ta­ble with two rounds left.

North­ern United also came up short, los­ing 33-31 to Hutt Old Boys Marist at Hutt Rec. They re­main ninth.

Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton’s hopes of a Hard­ham Cup spot plunged when they lost 17-13 to Up­per Hutt at Ngati­toa Do­main in Se­nior 1 ac­tion. They are now fifth on 26 points. Full­back Ryan Mclean played his 200th game for Pare-Plim.

In the women’s pre­mier grade, North­ern United beat Tawa 84-0 at Onepoto Park.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Driv­ing: Tawa cen­tre Bri­ana Boele van Hens­broek worked hard for her team.

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