Tysons, Old Boys show opponents no mercy
Top spots cemented with styleTONY BIRD
Tysons and New Plymouth Old Boys continued to cement their top spots in the premier one netball competition in style in New Plymouth last night.
Tysons scored a convincing 65-28 win against Sacred Heart Girls' College, while New Plymouth Old Boys thumped Waitara side Raukura 82-29.
The experienced Tysons side showed they are a force in the competition, leading 16-7 after the first quarter and 35-16 at halftime.
The third quarter also went Tysons' way 17-5, giving them a 31-point lead going into the final quarter.
Tysons coach Ivy Topping was pleased with how her team performed, but qualified that by saying there were areas of concern.
"It was still a bit patchy and we've still got a bit of work to do," she said. "Our start was the best we've had in the competition, but when we make changes, and we made a lot, we lost a bit of momentum. We've just got to get them going as smoothly as the players we start with."
Topping is looking forward to her team taking on Old Boys next week, a team they beat in a thriller last time they met and equal second on points with the Waitara side.
Topping singled out Elizabeth Tuki as a standout player last night. Tuki showed a high work rate and proved a problem for the school side, making numerous intercepts.
Amber Bellringer shot 16 from 19 showing she was fitting into her new team finding form after a slow start to the competition, while Chantelle Ngaia, who scored 33 from 32 was on fire.
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Tysons' shooting was faultless in the fourth quarter and Connie McKenzie shot 17-18 after shifting to goal attack towards the end of the game.
SHGC coach Eileen Tamati agreed that her side had had a good workout against the far more experienced opposition.
SHGC took some positives away from the game, as they reduced the winning gap the Tysons put on them in the first round.
"We've pegged back a few points and we managed to get some bench players on so that's valuable experience for them," she said.
Tamati said it helps in preparing the girls for the lower North Island Secondary Schools championships in September when they will be playing in the top eight teams of the competition.
SHGC's best player was Kate Wells who played at wing defence and goal keep, while Alyscia Lang played well after coming on in the second half.
Old Boys had a walk in the park against bottom team Raukura who struggled to contain one of the high flyers in the competition.
Old Boys came out firing and Raukura trailed by 16 at the end of first quarter and 42-14 at halftime. Old Boys maintained the pressure and piled on 20 points in the final quarter.
Old Boys' goal shoot Josie Matuku shot 54 of 57 and Michelle Bourke 28-32.
Old Boys' Jessie Aitken-Fowell was named player of the game for a solid all round game.
Meanwhile in the late game, as expected, Inglewood maintained their unbeaten record this season with a 64-45 win over Hawera side Naumai. Player of the match was Katherine Banks.
- Taranaki Daily News
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