MARLBOROUGH GIRLS’ COLLEGE 54 SMOG HRC 49
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.