Craighead loses netball title

04:22, Sep 06 2012

Craighead Diocesan School has beaten Marlborough Girls' College 35-30 to finish third at the South Island Secondary Schools netball tournament today.

This morning Craighead lost their semi-final game 37-36 against Nelson's Waimea College at Dunedin's Edgar Centre, putting them into the play-off for third and fourth.

Waimea scored the last four goals of the match to steal it.

The two-time defending champions had a poor start in their semi-final which saw them down 6-2 early.

After missing her first shot, New Zealand age-group shooter Alice Eddington led her team back in to the first quarter, but errors from the midcourt ensured Waimea held an 11-9 quarter-time lead.

The margin was soon out to five goals as the mid-court turnovers continued, as Craighead missed the calm head of injured centre Georgie McFarlane.


Waimea gave Craighead chances to get back level but the mid-court rushed their chances.

Craighead wing attack Georgia Greig created a couple of intercepts to ensure the defending champions closed the gap to 21-18 at halftime.

Two turnovers from wing defence and captain Dana Mulcahy got Craighead back on level terms midway through the third quarter and with goal keeper Emily Coughlan grabbing an unlikely rebound, they snatched the lead 30-29 with one quarter to play.

Goal attack Harriet Robb grabbed the first three goals of the final quarter after only scoring five goals until then in the match.

Craighead's mid-court lifted their intensity and the lead was three with five minutes to play.

However, Waimea charged back and Craighead failed to hold their nerve.

Waimea scored the winning goal with five seconds to play.

They will meet Marian College in the final while Craighead will face Marlborough Girls' College for third and fourth.

The Timaru Herald