Stoke to avenge earlier Richmond defeat

JONATHAN MCKEOWN
Last updated 13:15 13/06/2012

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After a weekend of mixed results in Blenheim, the premier division action returns to the familiar surroundings of Saxton Stadium. While the top sides of the Tasman Trophy teams were suffocated by Smog, the second tier teams had a clear run, picking up the maximum points east of the Whangamoa Saddle.

On court one at 6pm, Stoke NBS will try to use that momentum to topple Jacks OPD Richmond, who tasted defeat for the first time in a while, albeit in the Tasman Trophy. The last time these two teams met, Jacks were on the top of their game, but by their own admission, the league leaders have been flat lately.

Stoke went down 79-51 in a match they would rather soon forget; however, the mercurial bunch of girls in red and blue have enough talent on court to take a quarter off any team. The question is: can they string together four in a row?

Across on court two, Richmond Robbies Bar & Bistro take on Waimea College Senior A. For Richmond, this game will be about remaining unbeaten in round two and keeping the pressure on Jacks at the top. For Waimea College, they would desperately like a bonus point, which in the end saved them from relegation in round one.

The margin in the first round match blew out to 19 goals as Richmond did it easy in the end, but there were times during that game when Waimea had the wood on their opponents, and the lead as well.

In the late game, Prices Pharmacy A take on a Nelson College for Girls Senior A brimming with confidence after an excellent Tasman Trophy weekend. This is the first time these two teams have matched up in 2012 premier division, so there is an unknown element involved.

Prices should have the firepower, but the Nelson girls have been mightily disruptive against the other top sides in the competition.

This one could be as easy as boiling water for Prices, but it could just as soon be a boilover.

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