Rain stops tense tussle of top sides

JANE SEWELL
Last updated 05:00 29/05/2013

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Rain put a dampener on netball's top club competition last night when a leaking roof cut short a tense tussle between Christchurch's two top teams.

Play was abandoned in the third quarter of the top-of-the-table clash between St Nicholas A and Lincoln University A at Pioneer Stadium with the former leading 37-34 when officials called the game off due to safety reasons.

University coach Bev Gordon and St Nicholas captain Hannah Brand both expressed their disappointment in what they described as the best competition outing for both sides.

"We were just finding out feet and it would have been an interesting fourth quarter," Gordon said. "It's extremely disappointing to finish like this."

Both sides produced some of their best play of the season - St Nicholas showing some strong early touches on attack while Lincoln surged after halftime with a tenacious defence and Elizabeth Hayman a standout in the shooting circle.

The two teams meet again next week to determine top seeding heading into round two of the Christchurch Netball Centre competition.

Meanwhile, Halswell A and Hearts A will next week battle it out in the premier one relegation match after both losing their games last night. Halswell A went down 35-58 to Technical A while Hearts A fell 10-goals short of Kereru A.

Technical can now focus on the second round of premier one and building on progress made in the early season.

Their frontline combination of wing attack Terri-Leigh Tuhakaraina and goal attack Tiana Placid sparked the side in the second quarter to set them up for just their second win of the season. Technical went into the fourth quarter with an 18-goal buffer.

Kereru A rallied in the fourth quarter to step clear of Hearts for their 46-36 win to cement their top three spot in the first round.

POINTS

Round 1: St Nicholas A 16*, Lincoln University A 16*; Kereru A 13, Technical A 8; Hearts A 5, Halswell A 0. * one game incomplete

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