Craighead netballers into top 8

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 13:05 10/10/2012

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It was mission accomplished for the Craighead Diocesan School netball team this morning as they qualified for the top eight of the National Secondary Schools netball competition with a 46-26 win over Trident High School.

It was another sluggish start from the home team but once they hit the front early in the second quarter, their confidence grew and so did their lead.

Coach Barry Tucker stuck with his starting seven players throughout the game at the SBS Events Centre, with Georgia Greig's elevation to wing attack coming at the expense of Ashley Tweed, and Georgie McFarlane moving into centre.

The Craighead shooters of Alice Eddington and Harriet Robb missed just five shots combined, while Trident used four shooters in an attempt to find the right mix.

Craighead's unforced errors kept the score locked at 8-8 at quarter-time. Their five turnovers in the first quarter was one more than they gave up in the entire second half.

The mid-court of Greig, wing defence Dana Mulcahy, centre McFarlane and goal defence Georgia McRae stiffled the flow of the Trident attack and forced turnovers through pressure. Trident managed just 10 goals in the last two quarters, despite the hard work of their defensive end.

Emily Coughlan grabbed several intercepts and the home team was helped by the feeling that ball looked to fall into their hands from the Trident players as the match wore on. Trident tried hard, especially early in the game.

Trident goal defence Kristen Kotuhi-Peita making a nuisance of herself when Craighead got too adventurous with their passing into the shooting circle.

Craighead's next opponents will be known this afternoon after the completion of pool play.

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