Ice puts skids un­der smooth start to play on Satur­day

South Waikato News - - SPORTS / TE PAPA HAKINAKINA -

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.

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