Round 3 of A Grade netball saw old favorites St Joseph’s at the top of the table showing that they’re not going anywhere just yet.
St Joseph’s Leah Carling and Lisa Bahr were brilliant in their defensive intercept and with recruit Tylah Jackson setting play up going forward the margin was extended at the last change.
Magpies steadied and with the experienced heads in Brooke Grantham and Georgia Grantham shepherding the young talent of Aysha Zada through, St Joseph’s were too strong in defence, the winning margin being 66-35.
Vikings played Railways in a knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out affair in which both sides looked likely winners at various stages of the match.
In a first half where chances were most commonly made by opponent error, Vikings took a three-point advantage half time lead.
Railways regained some composure in a tense third term and looked likely to become winners, however good pressure in the goal end by Erin Egel and a brilliant intercept by Lara Etchells saw Vikings increase their lead by a great goal from Tiana Freeman.
After a tough and tetchy start to the last term with the hotly contested competition between sister’s Belinda Myles and Mikayla Fuller both in Centre continuing.
Vikings regrouped maintaining composure to hold on to the lead, for a meritorious 53-43 victory.
The B Grade didn’t see too many close matches as a concerning chasm between the top half of the competition begins to develop.
Railways blew Magpies out of the water early in their clash, opening up a solid goal break by the main change before coasting to a 65-33 win. St Joseph was another side to open up a solid break early, based around an unwillingness to allow Quorn to score whilst capitalising on their own opportunities before winning 52-38.
Railways took on Shamrocks in the third round for C Grade and the game in which the midfield battle was reasonably even with Holly Millbank in Centre and Wing Attack, but the tale of the tape was told at each end of the court.
Railways will feel that they had enough ball into their shooters Lily Broadwood and Georgia Higgins to amass a winning score, but the conversion wasn’t quite what they would have wished.
At the other end however, Shamrocks were far more clinical despite the efforts of Nicola Coombes, and the further the game progressed the more they were able to wear their opponents down. 54-42 was the final margin with Shamrocks taking the win. Magpies franked their opening day victory with a comprehensive 62 - 41 win over a developing St Joseph side, whilst Vikings aptly lead by Amelia Etchells in defense triumphed outlasting Quorn by 52 to 26.
The match of the day in D Grade did not disappoint, with no quarter asked or given between Vikings and Magpies, and Vikings holding off and approaching Magpies wining 46-40.
St Joseph’s Gold defeated Shamrocks in another close game against Shamrocks 4-39.