Kazuals win in shootout

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Re­becca El­lis

With the Geraldton Netball As­so­ci­a­tion set to have a two-week break for school hol­i­days, ev­ery team was able to leave it all on the court on Tues­day.

The first game of the night was a high-scor­ing af­fair be­tween Kazuals and Pu­mas, with the lat­ter get­ting off to a quick start on the back of ex­cel­lent shoot­ing ac­cu­racy from Izzy Schultz and Caitlin Wilson.

How­ever, the ex­pe­ri­ence of Kazuals en­sured they were able to set­tle and by half-time, they had a six-goal lead.

Darby Col­ley and Naomi Larter com­bined well in de­fence to make Kazuals’ Zoe Sell­ers and Chloe Ser­afini work hard for ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, but at the other end of the court, Steph Walsh caused prob­lems in at­tack for Pu­mas.

Their in­de­ci­sive­ness al­lowed Kazuals’ Bon­nie Kerr and Mis­cha West­lake to take in­ter­cepts, which helped in­crease their lead to 10 at three-quar­ter-time.

While Schultz and Wilson of Pu­mas shot ac­cu­rately through­out the en­tire game, Kazuals didn’t stop and outscored Pu­mas 21-14 in the last quar­ter to come away with a 73-56 win.

In the sec­ond game of the night there were strong de­fen­sive ef­forts by Light­ning and Aztecs.

Lit­tle sep­a­rated the teams through­out the game as both sides kept fight­ing for the full hour. Light­ning, who are strug­gling with form at present, lined up with Emma Burke in de­fence against Aztecs’ sharp-shooter Cassie Camm.

Burke pro­vided great de­fen­sive pres­sure and caused sev­eral turnovers while prov­ing strong un­der the ring for re­bounds.

Aztecs’ de­fen­sive com­bi­na­tion of Lau­ren Wal­lace and Emily Gee worked well, and along with Paula Wilson and Brodie Drage, caused the Light­ning cen­tre court to force passes to their shoot­ers some­times.

The ball seemed to swing back and forth be­tween the shoot­ing cir­cles through­out most of the game, with few goals drop­ping for ei­ther side.

The fi­nal quar­ter was goal-for-goal, but the strong de­fen­sive pres­sure by Aztecs and poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing by Light­ning meant Camm was able to get her team a 35-32 win.

Pic­ture: Kylie Pears

So­phie Shee­han and Lau­ren Wal­lace.

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