Kazuals win in shootout
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.
Sophie Sheehan and Lauren Wallace.