Academy’s steep learn­ing curve

Net­ball

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport -

Can­ter­bury con­tin­ued their good form with a com­fort­able 66-23 win over Can­ter­bury Academy Reds last week­end.

The Can­ter­bury and Dis­trict Net­ball League match saw Can­ter­bury take a 16-goal lead go­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter, de­spite Academy match­ing their op­po­nents for most of the quar­ter.

Both teams picked up the pace but it was Can­ter­bury’s shooter who made light work of passes into the D, mak­ing ex­cel­lent space to boost their score.

The last quar­ter saw Academy net some well-played balls but it wasn’t enough to match Can­ter­bury’s finely tuned team.

Best de­fence was awarded to Rachel Lloyd (Academy) for her per­se­ver­ance.

Com­pan­ion Care were 43-39 win­ners against Black­jacks in their league match.

By half-time, Com­pan­ion Care had gained a small lead, giv­ing Black­jacks even more rea­son to push harder for the re­main­der of the game.

Thanks to some lovely work in and around the at­tack­ing D, Black­jacks popped up a few con­sec­u­tive balls, but they couldn’t com­pete with Jus­tine New­ton’s pre­cise and well-timed shoot­ing.

The end goal score of 39 se­cured Black­jacks a deserved two points for their ef­forts, with Com­pan­ion Care win­ning on 43.

In the league ta­bles, Di­vi­sion 2 top spot is still held by GG Fit­ness after their game was con­ceded this week, giv­ing them five points au­to­mat­i­cally.

Blue­birds won their match with Al­pha, which means they are now firmly in sec­ond, with Al­pha trail­ing by four points in third.

In Di­vi­sion 1, there’s still only one point be­tween Can­ter­bury and Pil­grims – with Can­ter­bury hav­ing played an ex­tra game. Syn­ergy have firmed their third place po­si­tion thanks to an­other win.

There are no games on Sun­day.

The fol­low­ing week clubs will play in the Don An­sted Cup Tour­na­ment. Above, Whit­stable bats­man Fraser Coupe, who made 23 not out. Right, Michael Grif­fin, of CCCU 3, in bowl­ing ac­tion

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