Pri­mary net­ballers get un­der way

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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