Primary netballers get under way
More than 200 primary netballers started their championship games on Saturday. These youngsters will have two rounds of games for each section. If there are no rained out days, their last game of competition will be August 10 (this date is a change from earlier dates set at the start of the season).
Strathmore Allstars, Tainui Steelers, Central Chiefs and David Henry Allstars are in section one and will play hard to gain the number one status of all primary teams in the competition. Throughout the championship, there were many close results which means tough competition each week. Results, draws and sections for teams are on the Tokoroa Netball Centre website.
One of the closest scores in the senior club games was in section two when SURF played Mangakino Hawkettes. SURF raced out to a 7-5 lead at the first quarter, but Mangakino Hawkettes were able to draw level at half-time
12-all. The third quarter saw SURF gain the lead again at 19- 17. Mangakino Hawkettes were able to score successfully after gaining possession from loose ball to gain a close and valuable 25-24 win. This game was ably umpired by Nancy-Jo Tahere and Kylee Solomon.
In section one United Forcer versus THS A was played with speed and competitive skill. The game was well controlled by Jean Teao and Sam Kaitai whoplayed advantage and coped with the competitive game very well. THS A started well matching reigning champs United Force goal for goal, but errors crept into their game and United Force made this count for them.
The quarter time scores were (United Force first) 10-6, 19-10, 29-16, 41-22. United Force coach Juanita Shadrock is focussing on bringing through younger players into the club, and they have improved week after week.
Unbeaten teams in section one of the senior championship are Eagles and United Force. The Eagles versus Nemesis game was very closely contested even though the end result was a win to Eagles 43-22. Eagles were able to steadily gain momentum and the lead, but Nemesis grabbed every opportunity to pick up any loose ball. Nemesis shooters Karleen Turia and Katrina Black worked well together to try and get closer to the goalpost. The midcourters of Lisa Hale, Bex Greenbank and Nikayla Cobham had to work overtime to enable shooters a good position in the goal circle. Circle defence trio of Coralie Te Hiko, Mareta George and Adi Peni played together well to stop the Eagles shooters getting too close to the goalpost. They tirelessly tried to use the outside arm to deny the opposition shooters possession. This game was umpired by Jean Teao and Danielle Moulder.
Tokoroa Netball Centre is fortunate to have top national umpire Danielle Moulder finding time to umpire some games in Tokoroa. She has a busy schedule with Netball NZ commitments, controlling ANZ Championship games and planning her international appointment to the World Youth Cup in Glasgow soon.