COGS gal­lant in de­feat

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN Ki­hik­ihi started the game slower than nor­mal, be­ing a bit flat-footed, but they cer­tainly man­aged to gain mo­men­tum by half­time lead­ing 38-15 en­route to a 67-29 vic­tory. RSN posted the biggest win of the night, win­ning 77-31 against Bulkli

COGS United fared best of the bot­tom four teams in week one of Te Awa­mutu Net­ball premier grade championship.

On a night where all three other bot­tom four teams were wal­loped by mar­gins rang­ing from 38 to 46 goals, COGS United were gal­lant in their 17 goal, 64-47, loss to last year’s cham­pi­ons Fraser Tech.

Fraser Tech were fully ex­tended in the first quar­ter es­tab­lish­ing a three goal, 15-12 lead, at ASB Sta­dium at Te Awa­mutu Events Cen­tre.

The Hamil­to­ni­ans lifted the tempo in the sec­ond stanza, outscor­ing the op­po­si­tion 18-9 to take a 33-21 lead into half­time.

Words of wisdom dur­ing the break from coach Gay­lene Dorssers worked won­ders for COGS United in the third quar­ter, outscor­ing their higher ranked op­po­si­tion 15-13 for a 46-36 score­line with 15 min­utes to play.

Fraser Tech fin­ished the stronger, tak­ing the fourth quar­ter 18-11.

Soar Physio Char­lies had a tough first up as­sign­ment af­ter be­ing pro­moted to premier grade, play­ing No. 1 seeds, Tony Fabish Panel­works Ki­hik­ihi Premier team.

Char­lies, as they are known, showed fine ae­rial skills and when op­por­tu­ni­ties arose, were quick to claim any turnovers on of­fer­ing.

What a dif­fer­ence a week makes in the for­tunes of Lucy Sim, ru­n­away early leader in Te Awa­mutu Courier Our Panel’s Picks ANZ Net­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Sim was the only one of the eight tip­sters not to score a max­i­mum 3/3 win­ners in week five, miss­ing out on

Last night’s cru­cial game be­tween the Waikato-BOP Magic and the Sil­ver­moon Tac­tix was in progress at the time of go­ing to press.

Five words from Waikato-BOP Magic mid-courter Sam Sin­clair should be war­ily noted by the rest of the Pre­mier­ship field.

“With con­fi­dence you get courage,” said Sin­clair af­ter the match against North­ern Stars.

And it was Magic who showed glimpses of both those qual­i­ties to net their first win of the sea­son. They turned on their best per­for­mance with the vic­tory over the North­ern Stars.

GAY­LENE DORSSERS

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