Marlborough Midweek - - NETBALL -

If the pre­vi­ous game on court one was a bit of a blow out, this one couldn’t have been much closer for much of the 60 min­utes.

SMOG led by two af­ter the first quar­ter, MGCwere in front by three at half­time and one at three quar­ter time, be­fore mov­ing out to the fi­nal five-goal ad­van­tage.

The match was marked by a stun­ning per­for­mance by MGC shooter Malia Manoa. The out­stand­ing young­ster put up 43 shots and landed them all. Al­though she prefers to shoot from un­der the hoop, Manoa dropped in sev­eral longer-range ef­forts as she racked up a rare 100 per­cent strike rate.

De­spite her stel­lar ef­forts, this was any­body’s game un­til the fi­nal min­utes. With the sides go­ing goal-for-goal, it took some su­perb de­fen­sive play to break the dead­lock. MGC­duo Cerys JamesSit­ters and Han­nah Dickson did the dam­age, pinch­ing some cru­cial tips and in­ter­cep­tions to swing the game their team’s way.

Sev­eral other stu­dents stood out. De­fender Etelini Manoa showed her ver­sa­til­ity with a handy spell in the wing at­tack bib, McKyn­lee Breen worked well with Malia Manoa in the cir­cle while So­phie Robin­son showed some classy touches in mid­court.

SMOG were left to rue some late in­ac­cu­ra­cies, but will take heart from a solid ef­fort. Katie Bradley and Ash­ley Childs in mid­court stood out, along with de­fend­ers Lucy Martin and Kelly West, plus shooter Jess Rutherford, while Cara Wi­apo had her usual busy night.

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