JD WETHERSPOONS 27
TEAM WAIKIKI 26
JD Wetherspoons took the narrowest of wins against Team Waikiki to leave their opponents at the foot of the Premier Division.
In an even first quarter, each team could only manage four goals apiece, with Waikiki GKs Lauren Stone and Vicky Winter making some powerful interceptions.
Well anticipated interceptions and rebounds collected expertly by both defensive units saw the ball move up and down court, keeping the score low.
An injury to Wetherspoons’ GA in the final period gave Waikiki the upper hand but quick position changes and superb shooting by Wetherspoons’ GS Sam Rees allowed them to push through to win the match by one goal.
WYKE SMUGGLERS 41
CAFÉ OASIS 31
Wyke Smugglers overcame a two-point deduction for arriving late on court to defeat Café Oasis in Division One.
After intercepting possession at the start Smugglers quickly established an 8-5 lead after the first quarter.
Smugglers were quick to dominate in the mid quarters with GA Tracey Moore successfully converting every attempt at goal.
But some great passing down court by Café Oasis helped them edge back into the game as Oasis GD Tasha Reed showed agility in creating space and helping move the ball towards her shooters.
The final period saw both teams up their game and some risky balls into Oasis’ circle gained them a few more goals but despite their best effort, Smugglers took the win by ten goals.
BAY FENCING 33
GW ELECTRICAL 26
Bay Fencing saved the best to last as they took a 33-26 win against GW Electrical.
A close first quarter saw some brilliant interceptions from GW’s C Rachel Senior as well as some dynamic play from their defensive unit.
Good court positioning from Bay allowed them to use its full width to weave the ball towards their shooters where GA Emily Park successfully scored for her team, putting them one goal up after the first period.
However, GW continued to dominate in the centre third and some sharp shooting from GA Hettie Hudson allowed them to take a one goal lead.
GW’s defence was also working well to limit Bay’s scoring opportunities but GS Charlotte Reid had her eye in and converted from some difficult angles.
Bay Fencing weren’t finished yet though and started to build a small lead through the third period of the match, seeing it out for a victory by seven goals.
NJ NETBALL 4
OJOs dominated this fixture between the top and bottom Division Two teams.
Solid shooting from GS Deb McNally and GA Chloe Weldon plus excellent defence from Candice Dennis at WD meant NJ Netball had no answer to OJOs’ seamless play, facing a 10-0 deficit following the first quarter.
NJ Netball fought valiantly in the face of fine OJOs form, constantly encouraging each other on court. NJ managed to collect a few loose balls and finally get themselves onto the scoreboard.
In a friendly, light hearted match played in good spirits by both teams, OJOs wealth of experience gave them the advantage and the win.