Two tight encounters and a couple of blowouts summed up the latest round of premier netball action at Arena Manawatu last night.
Red Sox-Olympic looked set for their first win of the second round, but were hauled in by Palmerston North Girls' High School and the sides had to settle for a 41-all draw.
Olympic held a two-goal lead with only a couple of minutes left and looked like they would hold on, but Girls' High's Keaghan Seymour drained her 34th goal of the game to lock the scores up.
Both sides also took 60 shots, so there was no splitting them.
Olympic won the second quarter, 12-7, after a sluggish start, but Girls' High held a one-goal advantage at halftime.
Shooter Rachel Ngataki stood out for Olympic, while goal keep Tracey Black and midcourter Cindy Rei-Rupapera also impressed.
Feilding A2 produced the upset of the week, with a 59-39 hammering of Te Wananga o Raukawa Rahui.
The result was the first loss of the second round for Rahui, who were without the services of Central Pulse defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit.
Feilding A2, on the other hand, have won three of their four games in the second round and look a good chance of pushing through to the semifinals.
Goal shoot Georgia Coombes made 43 of her 53 attempts on goal, while she had great support from the midcourt, which stepped up. A 19-9 second-quarter effort sealed the game for Feilding A2 and ensured they were ahead by 12 goals at the break.
Rahui remain firmly in the playoff picture, but will need to win at least one of their remaining games to guarantee themselves a place in the top four.
Feilding A1 were without six regular players, but still managed to scrape past Massey A2, 44-40.
Two players were called in to fill in for the defending champions an hour before start time and their line-up had an unfamiliar look to it. Regular wing defence Natalie Walford slotted in at goal attack and performed well, while defenders Hannah Kelly and Briar Chalmers used their height to put the shorter Massey A2 shooters under pressure.
Goal attack Sarah Thomson (26 goals from 40 attempts) looked sharp for the students and landed numerous long-range shots.
Tu Toa beat Massey A1, 47-35, in a game that was made safe by a 13-9 fourth-quarter display from Tu Toa.
Massey were without goal shoot Brittany Webb and her replacements battled as the students shot at only 57 per cent. The result means it will be a tough ask for Massey to push into playoff contention.
Scores: Feilding A1 44 Massey A2 40 HT 24-20, Tu Toa 47 Massey A1 35 HT 25-17, PNGHS 41 Red Sox-Olympic 41 HT 20-21, Feilding A2 59 Rahui 39 HT 31-19.
Points: Tu Toa 12, Feilding A1 9, Rahui 9, Feilding A2 9, PNGHS 7, Massey A1 3, Red Sox-Olympic 2, Massey A2 1.
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