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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.

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