Premier teams' progress on show

PETER JONES
Last updated 15:02 29/07/2013

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The showdown between Tokomaru Crafar and Crouch and Harlequins Radich Law is expected to provide the feature match when premier netball resumes at Marlborough Lines Stadium tomorrow.

After a break last week, the six premier sides are eyeing semifinal spots with four rounds to go.

Tokomaru and Quins RL have met twice before this season, honours being shared. In the first round Quins prevailed in a thriller, 42-41, while Toko got their revenge earlier this month with a comprehensive 58-42 victory.

Both sides have shown encouraging form as the season has gone on. Which team has made the most progress should become apparent tomorrow evening.

Outstanding for Toko in recent weeks has been goal keep Amy McDougall. Her experience and composure has allowed defensive partner Bonnie Pearce to roam outside the circle more, breaking up attacks and snaring intercepts. Harlequins RL shooters Paige Lovell and Bobby Childs have also begun to form an efficient combination, but will be fully tested by their defensive rivals.

The match begins at 7.45pm.

The early match, at 6pm, features the unbeaten Central Fairweathers Men against Harlequins Fairweathers.

The last time these sides met, the score was 68-17 and it is hard to see the young Quins side making much of a dent in that deficit tomorrow.

At 7pm, Smog Stainless Systems will meet Wairau Jetz. When these teams last played Smog prevailed 63-32, so anything apart from a sizeable win to Smog is likely to raise eyebrows.

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- The Marlborough Express

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