Inglewood again showed they are the team to beat in the Taranaki premier one netball competition last night.
The competition leaders made it nine straight wins when narrowly beating Tysons 46-42 in a top-of-the-table clash at New Plymouth's TSB Stadium.
The game was played at a hectic pace and Inglewood, making the fewer mistakes, led 14-10 after the first quarter. Inglewood stretched their lead to seven goals at one stage in the second but Tysons then started to gain more momentum and the Waitara side trailed by three goals at halftime.
Tysons continued to claw back Inglewood's advantage and it was game on and locked up at 33-33 after the third quarter.
But Inglewood responded like the good team they are and finished the stronger to seal the win.
"We need competition like that going into the playoffs," a relieved and happy Inglewood coach Tracy White said. "I'm happy that we got tested and remained calm and everybody did their jobs and it turned out all right."
White's only concern was how Tysons were able to close in on Inglewood's lead in the third quarter. White singled out goal attack Lana Rowlands and Lauren Burgess for special mention.
"Lana got quite a few intercepts on the opposition line which really interrupted their play which was awesome, and I thought Lauren was outstanding and was all over the place," she said.
Tysons coach Ivy Topping admitted allowing herself to think in the third quarter that her team were going to win. "I'm pretty pleased and at this stage a top four finish is what we're after," she said. "I think we're pretty safe to make the top four now."
Tysons shooters Amber Bellringer (22 from 25 attempts) and Connie McKenzie (20 from 23) were in top form, while Rowlands shot 20 from 25 for Inglewood and goalshoot Jess Burkhart (26 from 37) had an off night.
On the opposite side of the stadium , New Plymouth Old Boys were too strong for New Plymouth's Sacred Heart Girls' College. Old Boys cemented their third spot on the points table with a comfortable 49-27 win.
Old Boys rolled their subs during the game. "This is the business end [three more qualifying rounds remain before the playoff series] and I need to cement my combinations," said Old Boys coach Leanne Matuku.
Kirisa Boylan stepped up for her side and goal attack Jenna Kensington had a good game.
Old Boys is the only team so far in the competition to have beaten Inglewood and the two teams meet in next week's round.
"That's a big game for us," said Matuku.
In the other game of the round, Naimai returned to winning form with a decisive 81-33 win over Raukura. Player of the match for the winning side was Lateesha Wipiiti.
- Taranaki Daily News
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