Basic errors cost Waikohu

Pak’nSave premier-grade netball.

Pak’nSave premier-grade netball.

MIDCOURT CRUSH: Contesting possession in premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday were (from left) Lauryn Matenga-Houia (YMP), Atlee Wainohu (Waikohu), Ata Mangu (YMP) and Toni Rutene (Waikohu). YMP won the match 49-47. Picture by Paul Rickard

Waikohu pushed YMP all the way but basic errors cost them the win in Pak’nSave premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday morning.

YMP Sunshine Brewery led all the way to win 49-47.

They were up 14-11 after 15 minutes, 27-24 at halftime and 39-32 at three-quartertime.

“It was a close, competitive game for three of the four quarters,” netball commentator Sherrill Beale said.

“In the third quarter, YMP slowed their game down and were more deliberate in working the ball through the court, while Claydens Waikohu were pressured into making basic errors.

“As a result, YMP took a seven-goal lead.

“Waikohu charged back in the last quarter and, midway through, the deficit was back to three goals. At that stage it looked like either team could win.”

But YMP managed to keep ahead and Waikohu had to be content with a bonus point.

YMP still lead the premier grade and Waikohu, with their bonus point, moved into fourth-equal with Gisborne Girls’ High School.

“There were some good match-ups in the game,” Beale said.

“YMP shooters Paku-Jane Skudder and Kelann Kemp were made to work by Waikohu defenders Ani Tiko and Ruby Tuapawa.

“Ruby was out hunting and collected some good intercepts.

“YMP centre Ata Mangu worked tirelessly for the whole game; Waikohu used three players — Stormy Merritt, Jessica Ruru and Atlee Wainohu — in different quarters to try to stop her flow.

“Ata was strong through the middle of the court, linking both ends really well.”

Beale said YMP defenders Raiha Campbell and Bronya McMenamin pressured every pass going into Waikohu shooters Toni Rutene and Ariz Ruru.

“Toni collected some good passes and finished off with accurate shooting.”

Waikohu coach Cheryl Te Rito was pleased with her team’s performance.

“We’ve just got to clean up a few error areas on our part,” she said.

“We did not capitalise as well as we could have on ball we won, and that’s an area for us to work on.

“But I was happy with the team’s performance.

“I am very pleased that we are now fourth-equal on the table, and we will work hard to stay there.”

Waikohu get the chance to move into a clear fourth place on the competition points table in a game at the YMCA on Wednesday night.

They play Lytton Senior A and, given their lift in performance recently, Waikohu would be favourites.

In the other match, Taste One High School Old Girls play Whangara Old Girls.

Those matches will be previewed in The Gisborne Herald tomorrow.

Waikohu pushed YMP all the way but basic errors cost them the win in Pak’nSave premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday morning.

YMP Sunshine Brewery led all the way to win 49-47.

They were up 14-11 after 15 minutes, 27-24 at halftime and 39-32 at three-quartertime.

“It was a close, competitive game for three of the four quarters,” netball commentator Sherrill Beale said.

“In the third quarter, YMP slowed their game down and were more deliberate in working the ball through the court, while Claydens Waikohu were pressured into making basic errors.

“As a result, YMP took a seven-goal lead.

“Waikohu charged back in the last quarter and, midway through, the deficit was back to three goals. At that stage it looked like either team could win.”

But YMP managed to keep ahead and Waikohu had to be content with a bonus point.

YMP still lead the premier grade and Waikohu, with their bonus point, moved into fourth-equal with Gisborne Girls’ High School.

“There were some good match-ups in the game,” Beale said.

“YMP shooters Paku-Jane Skudder and Kelann Kemp were made to work by Waikohu defenders Ani Tiko and Ruby Tuapawa.

“Ruby was out hunting and collected some good intercepts.

“YMP centre Ata Mangu worked tirelessly for the whole game; Waikohu used three players — Stormy Merritt, Jessica Ruru and Atlee Wainohu — in different quarters to try to stop her flow.

“Ata was strong through the middle of the court, linking both ends really well.”

Beale said YMP defenders Raiha Campbell and Bronya McMenamin pressured every pass going into Waikohu shooters Toni Rutene and Ariz Ruru.

“Toni collected some good passes and finished off with accurate shooting.”

Waikohu coach Cheryl Te Rito was pleased with her team’s performance.

“We’ve just got to clean up a few error areas on our part,” she said.

“We did not capitalise as well as we could have on ball we won, and that’s an area for us to work on.

“But I was happy with the team’s performance.

“I am very pleased that we are now fourth-equal on the table, and we will work hard to stay there.”

Waikohu get the chance to move into a clear fourth place on the competition points table in a game at the YMCA on Wednesday night.

They play Lytton Senior A and, given their lift in performance recently, Waikohu would be favourites.

In the other match, Taste One High School Old Girls play Whangara Old Girls.

Those matches will be previewed in The Gisborne Herald tomorrow.

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