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Close contests at netball

Tuesday August 14, 2018 Written by Published in Netball
The Avatiu Dragonflies and Titikaveka Pearls 11U teams after their game on Saturday. 18081336 The Avatiu Dragonflies and Titikaveka Pearls 11U teams after their game on Saturday. 18081336

After a break in the competition with the Constitution Day celebrations, round four of this year’s Rising Stars Netball Tournament had a number of close contests across the grades.

In the premier competition, the Avatiu Dragonflies reaffirmed their position as one of the title contenders once again this year after taking down the previously unbeaten Titikaveka Pearls.

The Dragonflies made it three wins on the bounce, managing to hold their lead right from the first quarter.

The Pearls made a spirited comeback midway through the third, but the Dragonflies showed their experience and chased down to remain in front at the end of the quarter.

In the other premier game, the Tupapa Panthers got their first win of the competition, beating out the Arorangi Flames 52-46.

But in the hotly contested 17U competition, the Arorangi Flames continue to lead the way.

Also in the 17U grade, school team Tereora A got their first win of the competition, besting their counterparts Tereora B by 39 points to 21.

Principal Tania Morgan said both teams were showing the effects of a busy school holidays.

“Fitness was a factor,” she said. “The game started out very close in the beginning but then the ‘A’ girls pulled ahead and maintained their lead for the rest of the match.”

Morgan said now that Te Maeva Nui was finished, both teams would have their full squads back for the remainder of the competition.

Results

Titikaveka Pearls v Avatiu Dragonflies: 11U, 22-7; Premiers, 43-49. Arorangi Flames v Tupapa Panthers: 11U, 14-21; 13U, 23-3; 17U, 24-17; Premiers, 46-52. Schools team v Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles: 11U, 13-7; 13U, 23-51; 17U (Tereora A v Tereora B), 39-21.