Old Boys remain unbeaten, defeat Harlequins

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 05/06/2014
netball
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BIG SCALP: Roncalli player Macie Austin holds onto the ball despite Craighead's Ashleigh McRobie's best efforts.

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Old Boys kept their unbeaten run going with a hard-fought 33-26 win over second placed Harlequins in the premier netball last night.

The Blues led at every quarter and were up 20-13 at half time.

Their attacking mid court of Anita Denbaars and Hannah Langford were impressive, while goal shoot Lindsay Anderson was prepared to shoot from anywhere and returned the impressive statistics of 19 from 21.

Harlequins struggled through the mid court with their shooters off target but a couple of changes at half time switched the momentum, closing the gap to three goals at the end of the third quarter.

Old Boys, however, regained their mojo to close the game out.

Craighead proved they're not a spent force in the premier grade after giving third-placed Roncalli A a netball lesson, winning 35-25.

The energetic Craighead outfit were much more accurate and led by six at the end of the first quarter and maintained their advantage at half time.

For Craighead the defensive circle of Zara McLellen and Emma Trolove gave the Roncalli shooters little room to move.

They were not helped by a mid court struggling to feed them, leaving Laura Dorgan to do a lot of work outside the circle.

By contrast Craighead's shooters Maddie Lysaght and Amber Horne combined brilliantly to give Craighead plenty of space in the circle.

Craighead will be pleased with the scalp, having lost to Roncalli B earlier in the season and the win eased any relegation worries.

Roncalli B proved too good for Timaru Girls High School, winning 37-28.

The second quarter proved crucial with Roncalli winning it 13-5 to give them breathing space.

For Roncalli 14-year-old Emily Gilchrist impressed after being called into the side at goal attack, landing 24 of 29 attempts, while goal keep Jaymee Cannell pulled in some good rebounds while her partneer Kate Shaw also did good work. For TGHS Bonnie Opie never gave up.

Pleasant Point also proved too good for Mackenzie winning 38-32 to leave the Fairlie side in relegation danger with one game left in the round.

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- The Timaru Herald

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