Tysons thrash premier hotshots Under-strength Inglewood fall

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 07:45 29/06/2012
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Inglewood goal shoot Jess Burkhart

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Waitara side Tysons stormed back into title contention in Taranaki premier one netball last night.

They not only upset last year's beaten finalists Inglewood, they also dished out a 69-38 hiding in the feature game at the TSB Stadium.

There was little separating the sides in the first half, with Tysons taking the first quarter 15-12 and the second shared 11-all. The damage came in the third quarter, with Rampage Tysons unstoppable in the shooting circle, rocketing to a 48-32 lead.

They didn't let up against an Inglewood side missing three key players - co-captains Erika Maifea and Sam Burkhart along with tall defender Jenna O'Sullivan.

The fourth quarter went Tysons' way 21-6 with goal shoot Chantelle Ngaia finishing with 59 goals from 62 attempts.

"Inglewood had a lot of players out and that's unfortunate, but we've all been in that position," Tysons coach Ivy Topping said. "We were at full strength and we needed the win."

Topping said it was neck and neck in the first half. So what was the halftime message?

"I said they had been given an opportunity and they better not stuff it up. Hold on to the ball and don't give it away. They did that."

Topping had special praise for Ngaia and Alice Dombroski.

"Chantelle [Ngaia] played really well. She was calm; too quick, too smart. Alice has been playing very well and was consistent tonight."

Dombroski was named player of the match, but it was Ngaia who impressed with her ability to make space, frustrate the defence and knock down the goals.

Warner Construction Raukura reinforced their title claims with a 66-44 win over New Plymouth Girls' High School.

The Waitara side raced to a 20-11 lead after the first quarter, then shared the second quarter 16-all to go into the halftime break ahead 36-27.

The second half went 30-17 to Raukura, with the win drawing the side level with Inglewood at the top of the points table heading into the two-week layoff.

Leading the way for Raukura was goal shoot Connie McKenzie, who slotted 59 goals from 63 attempts.

In the late game, defending champions New Plymouth Old Boys led all the way against Hawera side AWE Naumai, winning 57-29 after leading 25-14 at halftime

"It was reasonably pleasing, we progressively stepped it up and that's a really good indicator," Crowded House Old Boys coach Leanne Matuku said.

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Player of the match was wing defence Moana-Jane Scott.

Premier two frontrunners Stratford may find the going hard when they meet The Locals at the TSB Hub in Hawera tonight.

In the other match in Hawera, Sacred Heart Girls' College should have the edge over Hawera High School.

The remaining two games are in New Plymouth, with Western Suburbs Havoc likely to post a big score against Opunake High School and Western Suburbs Tigers favoured against New Plymouth Old Boys II.

Premier one points: Inglewood 24, Raukura 24, NPOB 22, Tysons 18, NPGHS 6, Naumai 6, Waitara HS 1.

- Taranaki Daily News

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