Pil­grims set stan­dard high in league opener

Net­ball

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport -

The 40th Can­ter­bury & Dis­trict Net­ball League sea­son opened on Sun­day with 16 clubs com­pet­ing across two di­vi­sions.

Di­vi­sion 1 ri­vals Pil­grims and Syn­ergy pro­duced a bril­liant opening game.

The first quar­ter got off to a quick start with Pil­grims tak­ing the ad­van­tage.

Not to be de­terred, Syn­ergy fought hard in the sec­ond quar­ter, mak­ing some great in­ter­cep­tions to pull back within four goals at half-time.

Both teams played steady in the third quar­ter but some fine play around the D saw Pil­grims edge ahead.

Syn­ergy at­tacked hard in the last quar­ter and with some pre­ci­sion shoot­ing net­ted 11 goals but it was Pil­grims who ran-out 44-40 win­ners to claim the five points, with Syn­ergy set­tling for two points after their nar­row de­feat. Syn­ergy GA player Kat Sav­age was named best at­tack.

Can­ter­bury Academy Red’s first game in Di­vi­sion 1 was against Com­pan­ion Care.

It was a slow start as both teams seemed to get back into the swing of things but the pace soon picked up with CC tak­ing the lead.

They stretched their lead in the sec­ond quar­ter thanks to a ver­sa­tile pair­ing be­tween their GA and GS.

Academy were un­lucky in the third quar­ter after mul­ti­ple shots hit the rim, only to be picked up by CC de­fence and they were made to pay as CC won 38-15 with Red nar­rowly miss­ing a point for the mar­gin of de­feat.

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