Nelson College for Girls turn on the heat against Prices B in Premier netball
Nelson College for Girls put the foot on the throttle in a final quarter blitz to overwhelm Prices Black 64-39 in round two of the Nelson Premier 1 netball competition at Saxton Stadium on Thursday.
It left the students unbeaten after two rounds following their opening round draw with Richmond although reality is just around the corner as they prepare to face defending champions Prices A and Jacks in the next two rounds.
Still, NCG responded from an indifferent third quarter performance to eventually outscore Prices 17-7 in the final stanza to finish convincing winners.
Nelson had led just 13-12 after the first quarter before extending their advantage to 33-18 at halftime and led 47-32 heading into the final quarter.
Superb shooting by Tali Uia was a key factor in Nelson's win, as was the defensive effort of goal defence Eilish Kerwin, with Nelson's stifling fourth-quarter defence and offensive shut-down leaving Prices with no comebacks.
Nelson rebounded strongly and drove effectively through court, although Prices goal keep Lee-Ann McKenzie was a dogged defender, with Becky Green also impressive at both wing attack and centre.
Meanwhile, Jacks settled into the new season with a 51-41 win over Richmond following their opening round bye.
Richmond stayed in touch throughout an often disjointed contest although a better-drilled Jacks team produced the better finishing qualities when it counted to ultimately deny Richmond a losing bonus point.
There were still occasional issues with Jacks' circle timing although generally the team responded well to overcome a determined Richmond challenge.
Jacks had led 16-9 after the first quarter and 28-22 at halftime and headed into the final quarter just seven points ahead at 39-32. But Jacks consistently showed greater composure to stretch their lead at the finish.
Jacks worked hard to overcome the attentions of Richmond's experienced defenders Kat Jones at wing defence and centre Lisa Book, with goal attack Leanne Cook in particular providing her usual control and vision with quick ball movement in the attacking circle.
Centre Jess Drummond worked effectively to shut down Richmond's space, while wing attack Holly Young adapted well to the often physical nature of the contest. Kirsty Thompson also applied plenty of defensive pressure at both wing defence and goal defence.
Kalyssa Rasmussen and Kelly Jenkins also impressed for Richmond.
An under-strength Prices A had to work hard to stay clear of Waimea College for three-quarters of their contest before eventually pulling clear in the final quarter for a comfortable 63-43 win.
It was tight at 13-12 after the first quarter, with Prices eventually pulling 10 points clear at 31-21 by halftime. They maintained that 10-point margin at 44-34 heading into the final quarter when a reorganised Prices' defence, with Dayna Whiting moving to goal keep and Rebecca Watene from shooter to goal defence, helped to stifle Waimea's attack, create turnovers and help generate more flow through the court.
Player unavailability meant a reduced Prices lineup and the promotion of two Prices Gold players from grade one, with the disruptions contributing to an often messy encounter as the players struggled with their combinations.
Waimea's relentless approach didn't help Prices' cause although Dana Wilson played a key role in helping to control Prices' attack playing variously at both centre and wing attack.
Harriet Ogilvie impressed for Waimea at wing attack with her accurate shooting and goal keep Ayla Dejong played some tough defence.
At a glance
Jacks 51 Richmond 41; Q1: 16-9; HT: 28-22; Q3: 39-32
Prices A 63 Waimea College 43; Q1: 13-12; HT: 31-21; Q3: 44-34
NCG 64 Prices Black 39; Q1: 13-12; HT: 33-18; Q3: 47-32
Points: Prices A 8, NCG 6, Jacks 4, Stoke 4, Richmond 2, Prices Black 0.