Ice puts skids under smooth start to play on Saturday
Ice, ice and more ice caused a 20- minute delay to Tokoroa Netball Championship starting time on Saturday.
The courts were completely covered in a layer of ice and despite efforts to sprinkle salt and scrape away the ice a delay was inevitable.
Shaded areas in front of the netball pavilion meant that ice did not thaw all day.
But it will take more than a small cold snap to put a halt to the progress the centre is making on all fronts.
Seven top Tokoroa umpires sat their Netball NZ Zone theory examination. Zone level is the next step up from the Centre level. The theory candidates have been trained by Danielle Maulder, who, for last two years, has been appointed by Netball NZ to ANZ Champion- ship games.
All netball teams now have several players who have gained their Netball NZ Centre theory assessment. This knowledge has contributed to the higher level of play for all teams this year.
The Bill Gray Championships has gained momentum at all levels. The Primary competition will be completed next Saturday. After last week’s play Tainui Stars have 11 points and Strathmore Allstars have 9 points in the A Grade. The B Grade leaders are Cargill Champs on 10 points and Bishop Believers are on 7 points. Amisfield Angels and Strathmore Magic are on 12 points in C Grade. The leaders in D Grade are David Henry Firebirds on 15 points and Tainui Idols on 11 points.
The Senior competition has two rounds left to play. The Premier Grade has had predictable results with United Force leading the points table with 12 points with both Eagles and Tokoroa High School A on 10 points. Putaruru College A lead the A Grade on 20 points
Last Saturday Spartans Masters gained a valuable win over Forestland Falcons. The first quarter had teams equal at 6-6 and by half time Forestland Falcons were able to gain an advantage and be 15-12 ahead at half time. Spartans Masters were able to break some centre passes and lead 20-19 at three quarter time and 25-24 at full time.