HARLEQUINS 61 PELORUS 19
While Harlequins were certainly not at their best in this encounter, they showed enough to suggest they are not far away from it.
A 17-5 first quarter set the tone, Quins putting up 22 shots to their rivals’ nine as they quickly asserted their dominance. Sarah Higgins, at GD, keeper Livvy Hodson and energetic WD Mikayla Avant set the tone, making it extremely difficult for Pelorus to work the ball into their shooters. At the other end, circle attackers Paige Lovell and Lauren Murray converted a wealth of possession into points, Lovell dropping in several long range bombs.
In total, Pelorus had only 34 attempts on goal, while allowing their rivals 91 shots, a statistic that will only have one outcome. Although outclassed on the scoreboard, Pelorus showed the fight that has marked their season until the final whistle, with Danielle Moffat, Anna Archie, Tyla Bevan and Riana Burger doing their best to stem the tide.
The reigning champs may not be on the sort of roll that saw them dominate allcomers in 2016, Tokomaru Crafar Crouch 62 (Jess Prosser 31/36, GemmaHika 31/37) Marlborough Girls’ College NZ King Salmon 55 (Malia Manoa 39/43, Isabella Rohloff 8/13, McKynlee Breen 8/11). Quarter scores (winning team first): 15-12, 12-14, 19-13, 16-16. SMOG HR Construction 55 (Jess Rutherford 33/42, Donna Ryan 3/7, Cara Wiapo 19/28) SMOG Bayleys 34 (Naia Lawrence 19/25, Ella Irvine 15/20). Quarter scores: 12-10, 17-7, 12-11, 14-6. Harlequins Radich Law61 (Paige Lovell 23/38, Lauren Murray 32/46, Olivia Pinkerton 6/7) Pelorus Edridge Contracting 19 (Fenella Tannock 9/16, Louise Walker 10/18. Quarter scores: 17-5, 14-7, 14-5, 16-2.
Points: Tokomaru Crafar Crouch 9, Harlequins Radich Law8, SMOGHRConstruction 6, Marlborough Girls’ College NZ King Salmon 5, SMOGBayleys 0, Pelorus Edridge Contracting 0.
but they have strength in all the right places and will again be a major threat come play-off time on September 5.