Western made it two-from-two in the national division two netball championship with a decisive 66-39 win over Eastern in Napier on Sunday.
Western, with a strong representation of players from Taranaki, dominated the first half to take a commanding 38-14 lead and the result was never really in doubt.
"It was a good win. We had a particularly strong first half and that set us up," Western coach John Atkins, of Palmerston North, said yesterday.
"We're up against North, the other unbeaten side in our division, on the North Shore on Saturday. It will be a big test for us. They beat Eastern 71-26 in their first game and on Sunday beat Counties-Manukau 49-45."
Atkins was particularly pleased with the performance of his shooters on Sunday.
"Chantelle [Ngaia] shot really well again. She only missed one, shooting 25 from 26 at goal shoot in the first half. Rebecca Jury shot 20 from 26 in the second half.
"Amber [Bellringer] played three quarters scoring 17 from 22 at goal attack, with Miriama [Selby-Rickit] scoring four from five in the last quarter.
"Amber played particularly well through the court, combining well with Lauren [Burgess]. They're a great combination and fed the ball in well to Chantelle."
Atkins said it was good to give all four shooters court time.
"Lauren was dominant at wing attack in the first half and played well at centre in the last quarter."
At the defensive end, Atkins said Jenna O'Sullivan and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit combined well, picking up 18 turnovers between them.
In the other division two match played on Sunday, Southland beat Tasman 52-42.
In division one matches, Canterbury beat Wellington 64-56, Waikato beat Bay of Plenty 53-45 and Auckland-Waitakere pipped Otago 51-50.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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