New­com­ers gal­lant in loss

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN the mas­sive gulf be­tween the top four and bot­tom four teams. Tony Fabish Panel­works Ki­hik­ihi Prem again looked in omi­nous form rack­ing up an 81-21 win over a Bulk­lines Wal­lace Wasps side with very lit­tle pre­mier grade ex­pe­ri­ence. The Wasp

Newly-pro­moted Soar Physio Char­lies were the most com­pet­i­tive of the bot­tom four teams in the lat­est se­ries of matches in Te Awa­mutu pre­mier grade net­ball cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter be­ing com­pre­hen­sively out­played 14-1 in the first quar­ter, Soar Physio Char­lies fought back tena­ciously to resrict last year’s cham­pi­ons Fraser Tech to a win­ning score of 52-26 at ASB Sta­dium at Te Awa­mutu Events Cen­tre.

The former pre­mier re­serve side went neck and neck with their higher ranked op­po­nents in the sec­ond quar­ter. Tech came out on top, just, 10-9 to lead 24-10 at half­time.

Fraser Tech lifted the tempo on the re­sump­tion in play, win­ning the third 15 minute stanza 15-7 for a 39-17 ad­van­tage.

Soar Physio Char­lies gave plenty of cheek right to the fi­nal whis­tle, re­strict­ing Fraser Tech to 13-9 in the fourth quar­ter.

All other games showed

Su­pe­rior fin­ish­ing touches helped Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic make it two in a row against the Sil­ver­moon Tac­tix when

Merv Gyde (Gyde Fielder As­so­ciates) was the best per­formed tip­ster with 4/5 win­ners in week six of Te Awa­mutu Courier ‘Our Panel’s Picks’ ANZ Net­ball com­pe­ti­tion, markedly im­prov­ing his over­all suc­cess rate to 62 per cent.

The bulk of the tip­sters man­aged 3/5 win­ners, in­clud­ing com­pe­ti­tion leader Lucy Sim (Ed­monds Judd) whose over­all per cen­t­age plum­meted from 88 to 81 per cent.

Bernie Mar­shall (McDon­ald’s) re­mains in sec­ond place on 76 per cent, fol­lowed by Mur­ray Green (Pa­per Plus) on 71, Gwen Matchitt (Net­ball Cen­tre) 67, Me­lanie Barker (Har­courts) 62, Gyde 62, Mark Kelly (WMC) 57 and Su­nita McPhee (VetEnt) 48.

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