Craighead start tournament with win

Craighead Diocesan School have started their National Secondary School netball campaign with a commanding 51-36 victory over Palmerston North Girls' High School in Timaru this afternoon.

The home team initially struggled to kick clear and even trailed 12-11 at quarter-time, but their added defensive intensity and quick ball movement saw them overpower Palmerston North in the second half.

Barry Tucker's side scored the opening three goals of the contest, but unforced errors soon had Palmerston North back in the contest.

Palmerston North were excellent at converting the opportunities with the shooting duo of Hannah Rowe and Keaghan Seymour not missing a shot until midway through the third quarter.

Craighead goal shooter Alice Eddington was as reliable as ever as she shot 37 from 42, but it was her shooting partner Harriet Robb who impressed.

She showed no fear in putting up shots of her own, in making 14 of 19 attempts. She mixed her feeding and shooting needs well and even created two intercepts.

The return of the experienced Georgie McFarlane to the wing attack and then centre spot helped in the mid-court. Her passing and timing ensured Craighead only grew in confidence as the match progressed.

Wing defence Georgia McRae and wing defence Dana Mulcahy each grabbed crucial turnovers to help Craighead outscore Palmerston North 27-17 in the second half after the home team held a 24-19 lead at halftime.

Craighead will face defending champions Tu Toa at 5.40 tonight. Tu Toa overcame a first quarter deficit of their own against Trident High School to win 36-26. 

The Timaru Herald