Marlborough Midweek - - NETBALL -

Although the col­lege side were not at their best, they got the job done against a Pelorus side who made them work hard through­out. Their never-say-die at­ti­tude was il­lus­trated by the fact they won the fi­nal quar­ter, but by then the dam­age had been done.

MGCopened up a seven point lead in the first quar­ter, shoot­ers Malia Manoa and McKyn­lee Breen drop­ping in 15 of their 18 at­tempts as they made the most of all the pos­ses­sion that came their way. They in­creased that lead by two in each the fol­low­ing quar­ters, tak­ing a com­fort­able mar­gin into the fi­nal stanza be­fore their play be­came scrappy.

Han­nah Dick­son and Ella Don­ald bat­tled hard in mid­court while cir­cle de­fend­ers Etelini Manoa and Cerys James-Sit­ters both had big games, pro­duc­ing re­bounds when it mat­tered and mak­ing life un­com­fort­able for their ri­vals.

De­spite the fact their play-off hopes are over, this was a muchim­proved per­for­mance from Pelorus, led by en­er­getic mid­courters Anna Archie and Tyla Be­van. At the de­fen­sive end Riana Burger and Danielle Mof­fat did their best to negate the freescor­ing threat of Malia Manoa, while Louise Walker han­dled the bulk of the shoot­ing load with her usual com­po­sure and long-range ac­cu­racy. pre­dictable pat­tern.

The shoot­ing trio of Lauren Mur­ray, Olivia Pinker­ton and Paige Lovell en­sured turnovers won by out­stand­ing de­fend­ers Sarah Hig­gins and Maighan Watson were not wasted, while Jenna Gil­bert and Brid­get Gane pro­vided pace and pre­ci­sion through cen­tre court.

SMOG were well served by shoot­ers Ella Irvine and Naia Lawrence, who made the most of di­min­ished pos­ses­sion, de­fend­ers Michaela Boaz and Bil­lie Watson.

Their match next week with Pelorus to de­cide who re­ceives the third round wooden spoon should be a cracker, both sides show­ing they can play very well in patches but lack­ing the con­sis­tency and in­ten­sity to over­come the top four sides.

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