School team push United
Competitive matches drew supportive crowds at the netball centre on Saturday in the third round of the New World Bill Gray Memorial Championship.
The Premier grade produced predictable results, however, the United Force v THS A match saw the young high school team push last year’s winners for the first three quarters. THS goal keep Heaven-lee Proebstel pulled off some skilful intercepts whilst 14-year-old wing attack Taiana Sheck directed play with maturity.
In the final quarter, United’s experienced goal keep, Juanita Shadrock, dominated the circle and pushed her team to produce the netball they are capable of. United’s shooters capitalised on the turnovers and United took out the game 58-43.
In the A Grade, Putaruru High and Mana Wahine were evenly matched for most of the game with Putaruru victorious in the end, 29-23.
The A reserve round produced a close encounter between Flygirlz and Cocos with only one point separating the two teams. Cocos won the game 26-25.
The B Grade match between Socialites and Exusia was an entertaining encounter with both teams using their experience to create turnovers. In the end, Exusia pulled away with a 27-22 win.
The competition is now moving towards the business end as more evenly seeded teams meet.