There is still some concern in the Craighead Diocesan School netball camp despite remaining undefeated at the South Island Secondary School netball championships, in Dunedin, yesterday.
A 40-33 win over Rangiora High School and a 40-34 victory over Nelson Girls' College had coach Barry Tucker admitting they were a little too close for comfort.
"We're scoring enough goals, that's all fine, it's the amount of goals that we are conceding that is a little concerning.
"We're winning a lot of turnovers but then giving them straight back.
"We start really well and then, for some reason, decide to take our foot off the pedal."
Tucker said the team would need to bring more defensive pressure today and strangle its opposition of options if it wanted to make the semifinals and get a step closer to winning its third consecutive title.
Tucker said the shooting combination of Alice Eddington and Harriet Robb continued to perform admirably, while Emily Coughlan used her height well at goal keeper, despite spending some time on the bench yesterday as Tucker looked to give his whole squad a run.
Craighead face Columba College and Southland Girls' High School today to see if they qualify for the semi-finals.
Roncalli College went a long way to ensuring they would stay in the A grade after they rebounded from a 45-23 loss to Waimea College in the morning to beat Burnside High School 36-29.
Roncalli coach Martina O'Toole said Waimea were "too polished" but her team used their extra height well against Burnside to secure the win.
Goal shooter Genevieve O'Connor was the standout in the second game.
Geraldine High School's A grade status is looking more secure after a 39-34 victory over Dunstan High School. It was an improved effort on their 39-26 defeat by Nelson Girls' High School.
In the B grade, Timaru Girls' High School had two losses.
They went down to South Otago 43-22 and Nayland College 39-25.
Mackenzie College had two losses and Opihi College had a win and a loss.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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