Freyberg beat Marist for top-four honours

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:17 18/06/2012

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A determined finish gave Freyberg A1 a win and had them sneak into the top four in the premier two netball competition at Vautier Park on Saturday.

Freyberg A1 beat College Old Girls A1 26-16 in their match to give them their third win of the year to put them ahead of Marist A1 on the table.

Freyberg coach Renee Matoe was pleased with the win after they had given the ball away quite a bit in the first half.

"We got off to a pretty slow start and the girls did well as the game went on," she said.

"It progressed and they played some good consistent netball."

But even after the win, Matoe wanted her side to learn to look after the ball more so they could get the ball into their shooting circle better.

"When we got the ball to our shooters they put it in but we turned it over in the midcourt ... the shooters did very well and kept us in front in the last quarter. They took off and they got an energy burst."

Wing attack Sarah Woods was Freyberg's best player with her driving up the court, and she fed the shooting circle well.

College Old Girls coach Sarika Rona accepted the loss because they were missing quite a few players away with university exams.

"We didn't play to our potential, what we can do," she said.

"They did the basics well, our opposition looked after the ball well, which we didn't."

She was disappointed with the loss because it was a match of some rivalry. It featured a lot of players that her COG players had played with in another team.

Their standout player was goal defence and vice-captain Billie-Jean Lambert.

The other matches in the grade were all reasonably tight as top-of-the-table Tu Toa beat Marist 29-23, Huia Switch beat Red Sox Renegades 37-33, and Kia Toa A1 got their first win over Massey A3 28-24, to go ahead of them at the bottom of the table.

Tu Toa and Huia Switch are unbeaten after five rounds, while Massey A3 are the only team without a win.

Points: Tu Toa 15, Huia Switch 15; Red Sox Renegades 9, Freyberg A1 9; Marist A1 6, COG A1 4; Kia Toa A1 4, Massey A3 2.

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