Flames shaping up as title contender

Tuesday July 31, 2018 Written by Published in Netball
Tereora College shooter Bernice Trego going for goal against the Tupapa Panthers in the 17U grade game on Saturday. 18073032 Tereora College shooter Bernice Trego going for goal against the Tupapa Panthers in the 17U grade game on Saturday. 18073032

The Arorangi Flames have elevated their title hopes in the 17U competition, handing the Avatiu Dragonflies their first defeat in this year’s Rising Stars Netball Tournament.

Both teams headed into the match yet to taste defeat, but it was Arorangi who came out on top, winning 40-30 in a closely fought game.

The other game in the 17U grade saw the Tupapa Panthers hosting the Tereora College A team.

The Panthers led from start to finish, but were given a second-half scare when the Tereora College girls worked their way back into contention after halftime.

One of the stand-out players for Tereora was Ohiva Williams, who has previously had limited netball experience but was tenacious in the goalkeeper position, earning her team some valuable ball.

Members of the National Netball Academy from both teams also had strong performances, with the experience of Manamea Koteka and Nicole Marurai proving invaluable to each of their respective sides.

Meanwhile, there was only one match on Saturday for the premier grade, with the Arorangi Flames making it on court for the first time in the competition after two defaults previously saw them miss out on any game time.

The Flames travelled to Avatiu to battle the Dragonflies but came away second best, losing 62-53.

There was also only one game played for the Titikaveka club, with the U11 girls pulling off a comfortable 29-4 win against the Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles.

All teams will have this coming weekend off, as part of the Constitution Day holiday, with matches to resume on August 11.

 

Results

Tupapa Panthers v Schools teams: U11, 13-12; U13, 7-22; 17U, 35-25.

Titikaveka Pearls v Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles: U11, 29-4.

Avatiu Dragonflies v Arorangi Flames: U11, 5-14; U13, 43-13; 17U, 30-40; Premiers, 62-53.

Leave a comment