QUICK PASS: Panthers centre Kate Garrett fires off a pass to Bonnie Higgins in her team’s loss in Wagga netball on Saturday. Picture: Kieren L TillyThere wereno surprises as Wagga’s netballers returned fromthe holiday break.
TheA gradematches were dominated by the top three teams, who all had convincing wins to widenthe gap from thethree bottom teams.
Second placedShooting Starsbounced back from their last-start loss to easily account for the fourth-placed Panthers, winning60-33.
Again the Panthers were without key players,centreBettina Goolagongand goal attackViv Murnane, while theStars were also missing two of their best in Tegan Cuthbert and Jenee West.
The Stars took the initiative in the first quarter and went to the first break with a seven-goal lead.
After a most dominant second term in which the Stars added another sixteen goals, double the return of their opponents, to increase the margin to 15.
Lily Wild was outstanding in attack andRuby Gooden was prominent in defence.
The Stars put the result beyond doubt in the third quarter, when circle defenders, Clare Vearing and Jemima Norbury, limited the Panthers shooters, Bonnie Higgins and Danielle Lane to a meagre total of five goals for the period, whileStars duoWild and Jess Wadley netted a further 13.
With the game beyond them, all but Higgins at goal attack, switched positions for the Panthers and they proceeded to produce their most competitive quarter.
The Panthers will play Turvey Park next round with the view of strengthening their chances of playing in the final series, whilethe Stars come up against Uranquinty and will be keen to consolidate their second place on the ladder.
Uranquinty showed that they were still a genuine contender for this year’s trophy with a classy 74-44 thrashing of CSU Reddies.
Uranquinty’s shooters, Lana Duffy, Stacey Curran and Jessica Allen, piled ontheir highest score for the season.
They were particularly dominant in the second and third quarters when they netted 42.
The Reddies managed to do well up forward too, with shooterBrianna Cusackagain prominent.
SEARCHING FOR OPTIONS: New Kids Aces’ Abbey Corbett looks to throw a ball over the outstretched hands of Turvey Park’s Kira Hallam.
Zoe Hall made a welcome return to the Reddies lineup after recovering from an injury sustained in the second week of competition.
Once again, the Tilyard sisters, Olivia in the centre and Brooke in defence, gave their team good service.
Undefeated competition leaders, New Kids Aces, were too classy for a gallant Turvey Park side, which has yet to record a win this season.
Winning 52-24, Rhiannon Podmore in defence and centre court playersAbbey Fellows and Abbey Corbett were the standouts
ShootersLisa Frow and Paige Guthriecapitalised on the numerous opportunities provided, despite determined defence from Jaimee Smith, Sarah Crackanthorp and Della Winnell.
In defence,Aces’ evergreen goal-keeperTracy Schulz-Colecombined well with Podmore to limit Turvey’s scoring opportunities, butMorgan Watts and Taylah Cox converted well when they did win the ball.
The Aces faceCSU Reddies next round, whileTurvey are a chance of opening their season’s account againstPanthers.
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