Reigning Marlborough netball grade one champions Harlequins Authentics will meet clubmates Quins McDonalds in this weekend's semifinal after a win over No 1 rivals Pelorus Havelock Hotel at Horton Park on Saturday.
Quins Authentics, who retain their perfect record in grade one this season, overcame Pelorus HH 32-25 in the final game of round three to again qualify top for the playoffs.
Despite the loss, Pelorus HH still finish the round in second place.
They are set to face third-placed Tokomaru A in the other semifinal after Tokomaru edged Smog Mitchell Sports 34-32 in a nail-biting contest.
Quins McDonalds secured the fourth and final spot in the semifinals with a narrow 32-29 win over Pelorus Edridge Contracting.
Meanwhile, a strong finish to round three has seen Queen Charlotte College Senior A qualify first for the grade two semifinal after their 49-20 demolition of Central B on Saturday.
QCC will take on Quins Brendon Price Computers in the final four, with Quins beating Pelorus Inlet Bakery 30-19 to qualify.
Third-place finishers Quins Woodbourne Tavern will take a slight mental edge into their semi against second-placed Central Trillos after Quins scored a 27-26 win in a very tight match on Saturday.
In grade three, Smog Betta Electrical beat Smog APL 35-30, Smog Subway downed Pelorus BNC Viticulture 32-23 and Quins Michael Hill overcame Quins GJ Gardner 24-22. In this Saturday's semifinals, Smog Betta Electrical face Quins Michael Hill and Smog APL take on Smog Subway.
Senior netball results from Saturday, August 18:
Callahan Martella grade one: HQ Authentics 32 Pelorus Havelock Hotel 25, Tokomaru A 34 SMOG Mitchell Sports 32, HQ McDonalds 32 Pelorus Edridge Contracting 29.
Marlborough Express grade two: HQ Woodbourne Tavern 27 Central Trillos 26, QCC Snr A 49 Central B 20, HQ BPC 30 Pelorus Inlet Bakery 19.
Fairweathers grade three: SMOG Betta Electrical 35 SMOG APL 30, SMOG Subway 32 Pelorus BNC Viticulture 23, HQ Michael Hill 24 HQ GJ Gardner 22.
Grade four: HQ gen-i 35 SMOG Gascoigne Wicks 25, HQ BB Signs 34 Pelorus TC Builders 31, HQ RHB 30 United Burkhart Fisheries 16.
Grade five: HQ McRae's 25 SMOG KITE 15, Central Savy 31 QCC Snr B 18, United Makana 36 United Expol 11.
Grade six: SMOG Vitis 31 SMOG Mahi Wines 23, HQ Chateau Marlborough 27 HQ Winstanley Kerridge 25, United ASB 22 Pelorus Owen's Marine Elec 18, Pelorus Owen's Marine Elec 18 HQ Unichem 14.
Grade seven: HQ TC Nicholls 14 SMOG Langwoods 12, HQ AP Ltd 26 HQ Annie's 11, HQ Indevin 20 United Marlb Lockup Storage 11, QCC Yr Nine 21 HQ Indevin 13.
Social grade: HQ Harcourts 38 Awatere Tussocks 19, Flaxbourne Social 27 Central Cherubs 13, Flaxbourne Social2 29 Pelorus Barking Hedge Wines 15, Pelorus Bryant Earthworks 40 Awatere Gills Girls 23.
- The Marlborough Express
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