Combinations getting set

YMP and Whangara face sterner tests tomorrow.

YMP and Whangara face sterner tests tomorrow.

CATCH AND SHOOT: YMP goal shoot Paku-Jane Brown about to catch the ball in the shooting circle as Farmlands Ngatapa goal keep Ana Majstrovic moves in. Brown’s team got off to a winning start in the Round 1 opening games of the premier grade at Victoria Domain. They face High School Old Girls tomorrow. Picture by Paul Rickard

SORTING out combinations. Introducing new players. Game fitness.

Ticking off basic goals is pretty much what it is about in Round 1 of the Gisborne premier grade netball competition, which hits Week 2 at the Victoria Domain courts tomorrow.

At the end of the round, the bottom two premier teams will take on the top two A-grade sides as part of senior grading playoffs. The final composition of the premier grade (along with all other grades, which will also be involved in such playoffs) will be decided then.

Last Saturday’s season-opening games suggest that one of those premier sides will be Gisborne Girls’ High Senior A — a team who go through cyclic periods of strength.

A predominantly new-look students’ team were well beaten in 40-minute games by YMP (1), 48-14, and Whangara Old Girls, 42-14, last weekend. It was never going to be easy coming up against the sides who met in the 2016 grand final.

A better indication of Girls’ High School’s premier potential will be given tomorrow when they take on Farmlands Ngatapa, who lost by 16 to YMP.

For sides like YMP, certain to retain their premier status, the round is the opportunity to blood their newbies and work on positional play.

Under Ingrid Brown, who has stepped into the head coaching role after looking after the team’s defence last year, YMP are not looking too far ahead.

“Just making it to top four,” she said.

“At the moment, it’s little steps, sticking with the simple goals, and as the season goes on we will look at the greater picture.”

The 2015 champions have lost a few players, brought in a couple of young ones and are expecting others to return from work and personal commitments as the season gets into full swing.

There were several out last week, so Brown was satisfied with their first-up wins in which she gave debuts to teenagers Kelann Kemp in defence and Keasi Williams-Fonohema at goal attack.

“They did well,” Brown said.

Bringing in young players is nothing new to YMP. “We’ve had a young team for years”.

That mixture of youth with the top-level experience of players such as shooter Paku-Jane Brown and powerful defender Bronya McMenamin has proved a successful formula, a formula that will be tested tomorrow when they come up against Taste One High School Old Girls at 9.55am.

Defending champions Whangara Old Girls will also face a sterner challenge than the one they faced last week. They take on Claydens Waikohu, also at 9.55am. Waikohu had a solid 32-26 win against Horouta last weekend.

Ngatapa and Gisborne Girls’ High clash at 10.50am, followed by an 11.45am game between HSOG and Waikohu.

Whangara and Horouta bring the day’s play to a close in a 12.40pm clash.

SORTING out combinations. Introducing new players. Game fitness.

Ticking off basic goals is pretty much what it is about in Round 1 of the Gisborne premier grade netball competition, which hits Week 2 at the Victoria Domain courts tomorrow.

At the end of the round, the bottom two premier teams will take on the top two A-grade sides as part of senior grading playoffs. The final composition of the premier grade (along with all other grades, which will also be involved in such playoffs) will be decided then.

Last Saturday’s season-opening games suggest that one of those premier sides will be Gisborne Girls’ High Senior A — a team who go through cyclic periods of strength.

A predominantly new-look students’ team were well beaten in 40-minute games by YMP (1), 48-14, and Whangara Old Girls, 42-14, last weekend. It was never going to be easy coming up against the sides who met in the 2016 grand final.

A better indication of Girls’ High School’s premier potential will be given tomorrow when they take on Farmlands Ngatapa, who lost by 16 to YMP.

For sides like YMP, certain to retain their premier status, the round is the opportunity to blood their newbies and work on positional play.

Under Ingrid Brown, who has stepped into the head coaching role after looking after the team’s defence last year, YMP are not looking too far ahead.

“Just making it to top four,” she said.

“At the moment, it’s little steps, sticking with the simple goals, and as the season goes on we will look at the greater picture.”

The 2015 champions have lost a few players, brought in a couple of young ones and are expecting others to return from work and personal commitments as the season gets into full swing.

There were several out last week, so Brown was satisfied with their first-up wins in which she gave debuts to teenagers Kelann Kemp in defence and Keasi Williams-Fonohema at goal attack.

“They did well,” Brown said.

Bringing in young players is nothing new to YMP. “We’ve had a young team for years”.

That mixture of youth with the top-level experience of players such as shooter Paku-Jane Brown and powerful defender Bronya McMenamin has proved a successful formula, a formula that will be tested tomorrow when they come up against Taste One High School Old Girls at 9.55am.

Defending champions Whangara Old Girls will also face a sterner challenge than the one they faced last week. They take on Claydens Waikohu, also at 9.55am. Waikohu had a solid 32-26 win against Horouta last weekend.

Ngatapa and Gisborne Girls’ High clash at 10.50am, followed by an 11.45am game between HSOG and Waikohu.

Whangara and Horouta bring the day’s play to a close in a 12.40pm clash.

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