Mackenzie turn the tables on Craighead

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 22/05/2014

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Harlequins and Old Boys underlined their South Canterbury premier netball title credentials while Pleasant Point proved just how dangerous they can be, at the Southern Trust Events Centre last night.

Old Boys and Harlequins managed comfortable wins while Pleasant Point upset Roncalli A and Mackenzie Old Girls heaped more misery on Craighead's season with a surprise victory.

Craighead were expected to have a comfortable win over Mackenzie Old Girls with the rural team struggling for numbers and having to draft in some high school players to fill the gaps.

Mackenzie centre Julia Christie was strong while Craighead goal keep Zara McLellan improved throughout the opening quarter. Mackenzie held a surprise 4-1 lead early and it forced Craighead to take a tactical time out.

It did not stop Mackenzie's momentum as they produced their best quarter of the season to lead 13-3 at the first break.

Mackenzie continued win the rebound battle and with Cindy Robertson barking orders from goal keep it did not seem like the wheels were going to fall off the performance despite both teams turning the ball over with regularity.

Mackenzie still managed a 13-goal halftime lead.

An improved shooting effort helped Craighead close the gap but the clock was always against them.

Rachel Scott worked hard in the attacking third to keep Mackenzie's momentum while Stacey Grant had a strong game in the shooting circle.

Craighead had cut the margin to 11 by the final break and finished the stronger thanks to being the fitter team but their miserable start to a season of rebuilding was set to continue despite a strong second half from Emma Trolove.

Roncalli A faced a potential banana-skin game against the unpredictablePleasant Point.

Point have long under performed in the competition but raced out to a 10-6 quarter time lead thanks to strong defence from Sarsha Wrightman and Erin-Marie Phillips.

Roncalli A were guilty of making unforced errors with the ball early and despite a strong first half from mid courter Emma Goddard, they found themselves having to climb back into the contest.

Accurate shooting got the schoolgirls back in the contest.

A potential new position for former Roncalli shooter turned centre Laura Dorgan seemed to show some potential as Roncalli A drew level, 17-17 at halftime.

Point effectively won the game by out scoring Roncalli A 10 to one to start the third quarter.

The height of their goal shoot Pip Oliver was a major asset as her team nursed an eight goal advantage heading into the final quarter which they were able to maintain at fulltime.

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Timaru Girls' High School led 9-7 over Old Boys after the opening quarter but a poor second quarter saw then trail by six at the main break and eventually lose the game by 11 with Old Boys surpassing 40 goals for yet another week.

Roncalli B gave plenty of early cheek against Harlequins, holding them to 8-8 after the opening quarter. They were able to slow Harlequins' ball through the court while the ever reliable Kate Shaw holding things together defensively.

Harlequins eventually flexed their muscles in the middle quarters to earn a comfortable win.

- The Timaru Herald

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