Craighead no match for Grammar
Craighead Diocesan School can finish no lower than eighth at the New Zealand Secondary School netball championships, in Timaru, but were treated to a master-class from Mt Albert Grammar in their opening top-eight encounter last night.
After beating Trident High School 46-26 in their must-win encounter yesterday morning to assure themselves second spot in group B and a place in the top-eight, Craighead were soundly beaten 51-25 by title favourites Mt Albert Grammar.
Craighead coach Barry Tucker praised the effort under pressure against Trident and his team's resilience against a fast and clinical Mt Albert Grammar.
"I was very happy," Tucker said of the morning's effort. "I thought we attacked well and we finally started working as a unit on defence, so it was awesome."
Craighead were locked 8-8 with Trident after the first quarter, but limited their opposition to just 10 goals in the second half.
"It's just getting through the start to see how these teams are and most of these games are tight in the first quarter and then they open up from there."
The Craighead goal shooters of Alice Eddington and Harriet Robb missed just five shots in the victory, while wing defence and captain Dana Mulcahy earned a game-high four intercepts.
Trident wing attack Te Aurere Williams also managed four intercepts, but they conceded 18 turnovers to Craighead's 12.
Craighead found it much tougher against last year's runners-up, Mt Albert Grammar.
They were outscored two goals to one for most of the match as the home team struggled to come to terms with the added speed, physicality and accuracy of their opposition.
Mt Albert Grammar's Jamie-Lee Price, daughter of former rugby league star Steve Price, exemplified the hustle with a strong performance at wing defence and goal defence.
Chiara Semple shot 18 from 20 for the visitors, while Maia Wilson added 17 from 17 off the bench.
Craighead's own goal shoot, Eddington, was perfect with 22 from 22, while goal defence Georgia McRae also played well.
"This is [the level] Alice is at and this is why she loves these games because this is her level."
Tucker said he was unaware of the final score, admitting he was more interested in the processes.
"We had things we were trying to work on throughout the game and were more focussed on process [than] the result."
Robb left the court midway through the fourth quarter, which allowed 13-year-old Maddie Lysaght her first appearance at the tournament.
Robb had her left foot in a make-shift moon boot as she left the arena, while Mulcahy was replaced for the fourth quarter as she battled breathing issues.
Tucker said he was hopeful of having both players available for today when they take on Baradene College at 1pm and Avondale at 5.40pm to see what position they play for tomorrow.
School Netball Results Day Two
Pool games round three
Baradene 51, Marian College 28
Waikato Diocesan 31, Wellington East Girls' High School 27
St Margaret's College 46, Waimea College 20
Avondale College 25, Sacred Heart Lower Hutt 13
Craighead 46, Trident High 26
Tu Toa 39, Palmerston North Girls' High School 28
Mt Albert Grammar 47, St Mary's Girls' 23
Westlake Girls' 36, Marlborough Girls' College 24.
Waimea College 39, Wellington East 26
Marian College 36, Sacred Heart Lower Hutt 34
Westlake Girls' 38, Trident High 20
Palmerston North Girls' High School 43, Marlborough Girls' College 40
Baradene 27, Avondale College 21
St Margarets College 33, Waikato Diocesan 20
Mt Albert Grammar 51, Craighead 25
Tu Toa 39, St Mary's 29
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