Te Toa charge into top spot
Tu Toa charged to the top of the table in the premier netball competition as they beat Feilding A1 47-39 at the B&M Centre last night.
Tu Toa's 11th win of year saw them jump ahead of Massey A1 into top spot after the students dropped their second game of the season.
Feilding and Tu Toa played a fast pace but Tu Toa dominated the midcourt, shutting down Feilding's options and the pressure eventually told as Feilding made a lot of unforced turnovers.
"It was almost erratic, like fast but not always controlled," Tu Toa coach Yvette McCausland-Durie said. "I though it was a really good contest. Both ends had trouble shooting."
After a few big wins recently, McCausland-Durie was happy they had some stiffer competition ahead of their college knockout final against Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland this weekend.
She was happy with the timing of close game and how it had showed they can stay in a tight match.
Tu Toa's Materoa Poi was tireless in defence and didn't stop running, centre Renee Te Riini controlled the midcourt well and Renee Matoe was always a threat on attack with 23 goals from 27 attempts.
Shaani Temata-Frost (10 from 17) and Emma-May Murray (14/26) did the rest for Tu Toa, while Beth McAsey (19/27) Shantelle Renata (20/26) scored for Feilding.
Feilding goal keep Natalie Wallford was busy in defence and goal shoot Renata found space in the circle well.
Te Wananga o Raukawa Rahui handed Massey A1 their second loss in as many weeks as the Otaki-based side won 57-48.
Massey were unbeaten before last week, but it didn't show last night as they fell away in the last quarter after it had been tied at 38-all, and let Rahui score 19 goals to finish the game.
The first three quarters of the game were a see-sawing affair, with the lead changing several times.
Rahui's defenders Bonnie Matehaere and Kylie Gardner, who is usually a shooter, had the Massey attack under pressure all night, with their swarming defence shutting down the students' options.
With Gardner down the defensive end, Kawai Winiata filled in and more than made her presence felt in the shooting circle with 35 goals from 42 attempts. She was supported by Miriama Selby-Rickit who chipped in with 22 from 34.
Massey missed injured defender Jenna O'Sullivan and instead had Hannah Kelly and Steph Downer toiling away in defence.
Kamie Veikoso still drained 40 goals from 49 attempts, but the Massey shooters didn't pick up their rebounds and handed Rahui too many turnovers.
A big final quarter saw Palmerston North Girls' High School home 58-57 in a tight win over Feilding A2, who blew a big lead. Feilding were up by six goals with only a quarter left, but Girls' High dug deep and scored 15 goals in the final spell and held Feilding to only eight.
Shooters Hannah Rowe (31/35) and Keaghan Seymour (27/32) kept Girls' High's noses in front while Georgia Coombes (25/31) and Nichaela Gulbransen (20/28) did the scoring for Feilding.
In the other game, Red Sox-Olympic proved their win over Massey A1 last week was no fluke, as they did the double over the club in this round, beating Massey A2 47-33.
Back from the indoor netball world cup in Brisbane, Cat Scoon did the bulk of the scoring with 30 goals from 42 attempts while Sarah Thompson was Massey's major contributor with 22 from 35.
The competition takes a two-week break until it restarts on July 17.
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