Massey A1 unlikely to lose against Girls' High

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:13 19/05/2012

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Massey A1 should continue their unbeaten streak against Palmerston North Girls' High School in the seventh round of the Manawatu premier netball competition on Tuesday.

The A1 side has dominated the competition this season and the schoolgirls will be coming off a tough game against Tu Toa in their knockout college netball game on Monday night.

Massey are in good form after coming off a big win over their A2 clubmates 69-32 last week, and will want to stay undefeated.

Girls' High also have a lot of injuries so it could be hard for them against the fresh Massey side whose defence was strong last week.

Both teams have no trouble scoring through prolific goal shoots in Kamie Veikoso (Massey) and Keaghan Seymour (Girls' High), but Seymour had a leg injury last week.

Te wananga o Raukawa Rahui are at home in Otaki against Tu Toa at the Nga Purapura Arena instead of at the B&M Centre.

Tu Toa will also be coming off their game the night before as the curtain-raiser to the Central Pulse game against the Adelaide Thunderbirds, so it could be hard for them to back up.

In a rematch of last year's final, Rahui will rate themselves at home and a win will put them into second on the table ahead of Tu Toa.

With two games in two days, Tu Toa will need some of their club players to shoulder more of the workload to take the pressure off their young lineup.

The game between Massey A2 and Red Sox-Olympic should be the tightest of the round, with both teams having struggled for wins this year.

Red Sox finally had a win against Girls' High last week and Massey A2 knocked over the same opposition earlier in the season.

If Red Sox win, then it will leave a six-point gap between them and the A2s, which will make it hard for them to drag themselves off the bottom.

Feilding A1 should be too strong for Feilding A2 even though the A1s are coming off a big loss and the A2s have shown good form recently.

The A1s will also be out to prove they are the top side at the club and with their slick midcourt and attacking options, they should be too much for the A2 team.

Apart from the game in Otaki, all games are at 6pm at the B&M Centre on Tuesday.

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