School team push United

South Waikato News - - NEWS/SPORT - By DAR­NEL MANU

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.

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