New Canterbury inter-centre netball competition kicks off
Two champions made winning starts as the new inter-centre combined netball competition got underway this week.
North Canterbury champions Kaiapoi proved too strong for their Mid Canterbury counterparts Methven, taking a 37-18 win.
The clash between the two centre champions was delayed an hour after the courts at the Bishopdale YMCA were double booked.
Kaiapoi made a solid start to race out to a 21-12 lead at halftime, proving to have to much speed through the court. Mid-courters Brittany File and Rebecca Gold moved the ball up the court with speed to feed their shooters as Kaiapoi cruised to the win after taking the third quarter 11-2. Methven fielded a new-look team, retaining only one player from their 2016 premier winning team.
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In the earlier game, Greenpark outclassed United 43-19. The Selwyn-based North Canterbury premier side consistently had the ball find the hands of shooter Casey Ashton while their Mid Canterbury opponents struggled in their own attacking circle.
Elsewhere in round one, Lincoln University sounded a clear warning with a big 56-36 win over Southern in Ashburton's EA Network Centre. The student's height, speed and skill proved too hot to handle taking a 30-17 lead into halftime. Southern rung the changes, and although the game was already gone, they did claw back a couple of goals in the final quarter to lessen the damage.
The other game in Ashburton followed a different pattern but a similar result as Celtic pulled away from Hampstead for a 47-21 win. Celtic held a narrow one-goal advantage over Hampstead at the end of the first quarter. From there, Celtic took control to go up 19-12 at halftime and dominated the second half to run away and win by 26 goals.
Halswell had a strong 63-28 win over Ashburton College at Villa Maria.
Christchurch champions Kereru kicked off the competition crushing Saints 70-31 while St Nicholas accounted for Technical 51-41 on Tuesday.
The pilot competition combines premier teams from Christchurch, Mid Canterbury, and North Canterbury for a first round. The new competition is contested over six weeks with finals to be played at the end of May.
Inter-centre round 2
Hampstead vs Saints, Villa Maria Court 1
Kereru vs Southern, Ashburton 1
Kaiapoi vs Celtic, Bishopdale YMCA1
Lincoln University vs Greenpark, Bishopdale YMCA 2
United vs Technical, Ashburton 2
St Nicholas vs Ashburton College, Ashburton 3
Halswell vs Methven, Ashburton 4