Students push Golden Girls

Students outscore Golden Girls in two of four quarters.

Students outscore Golden Girls in two of four quarters.

Netball WOG v HSOG - Paare Ahuriri-Leach, Shay Waikawa

HOROUTA Gold held off a fast-finishing Lytton Senior A to earn a 57-52 win in premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday.

The students outscored the Golden Girls in two of the four quarters, including the last, and while it was not enough, they did earn a losing bonus point.

Horouta led 15-4 after the first 15 minutes, 31-26 at halftime and 46-36 heading into the third quarter.

The students won the second quarter 22-16 and the fourth 16-11 and but for a slow start could have caused an upset.

“The girls are definitely improving,” Lytton coach Ronnie Martin said.

“They are playing with a lot more control than they have been previously, adjusting and moving quite nicely.

“They just need to tighten up their passing, particularly into our goal shoot, Manaia Hutana.

“She is a tall girl, they can see her, so that should not be too difficult.

“They did well to get so close to a team seeded third going into the competition.”

Martin picked out Hutana and goal attack Honey Mokomoko for their play.

“They both shot well and Elenoa Seruwaqa did very well in her first go at goal attack.

“Ruby Westrupp was her usual hard-working self at goal keep and Anatea Taituha at centre and wing attack went well. Anatea is playing nice netball.”

Horouta coach Charnelle Rutene was happy to get the win but not with the performance.

“We have got to keep improving,” she said.

And one of the Horouta players said: “We made it hard on ourselves.”

Rutene named Ngahuri Akana at wing attack and newcomer Ngoi Pewhairangi at goal defence and goal keep as their best.

Whangara Old Girls

Whangara Old Girls overpowered Taste One High School Old Girls 70-48 in the other Saturday premier game.

Whangara, also coached by Martin, led 18-9 after 15 minutes, 33-23 at the half-hour mark, and 52-35 at three-quarter-time.

Coach Martin once again worked her bench throughout the clash and the changes made were seamless.

“The girls played some good netball today,” she said.

“We are trying to play the game at speed but with controlled speed, and that is still a work in progress.

“At the same time, we are trying to give our new players some court time so they’re not left out and can cover two or three different positions, and do it well.

“I was happy with that performance. The girls keep setting points-scoring benchmarks throughout games so they are constantly challenged. They need to do that to stay on top of their game.”

Whangara goal attack Nadia Taare added new meaning to the expression “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, stinging HSOG many times with some lovely goals.

Bayleigh Harrison prowled the midcourt like a tiger, snapping up many turnovers.

Tania Hill and Tiara Weir stamped their mark on the game at the defensive end while goal shoot Sandy Porter again shot consistently.

HSOG coach Naomi Whitewood said her team lost their structure on defence in a game without their usual defensive combination, although Saffron Eparaima worked hard, as usual, at goal defence.

Tanya Owen, at centre then wing attack, also contributed strongly.

“The girls were caught standing a lot and Whangara were very strong taking ball off us,” Whitewood said.

“But I feel we are still heading in the right direction.”

HOROUTA Gold held off a fast-finishing Lytton Senior A to earn a 57-52 win in premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday.

The students outscored the Golden Girls in two of the four quarters, including the last, and while it was not enough, they did earn a losing bonus point.

Horouta led 15-4 after the first 15 minutes, 31-26 at halftime and 46-36 heading into the third quarter.

The students won the second quarter 22-16 and the fourth 16-11 and but for a slow start could have caused an upset.

“The girls are definitely improving,” Lytton coach Ronnie Martin said.

“They are playing with a lot more control than they have been previously, adjusting and moving quite nicely.

“They just need to tighten up their passing, particularly into our goal shoot, Manaia Hutana.

“She is a tall girl, they can see her, so that should not be too difficult.

“They did well to get so close to a team seeded third going into the competition.”

Martin picked out Hutana and goal attack Honey Mokomoko for their play.

“They both shot well and Elenoa Seruwaqa did very well in her first go at goal attack.

“Ruby Westrupp was her usual hard-working self at goal keep and Anatea Taituha at centre and wing attack went well. Anatea is playing nice netball.”

Horouta coach Charnelle Rutene was happy to get the win but not with the performance.

“We have got to keep improving,” she said.

And one of the Horouta players said: “We made it hard on ourselves.”

Rutene named Ngahuri Akana at wing attack and newcomer Ngoi Pewhairangi at goal defence and goal keep as their best.

Whangara Old Girls

Whangara Old Girls overpowered Taste One High School Old Girls 70-48 in the other Saturday premier game.

Whangara, also coached by Martin, led 18-9 after 15 minutes, 33-23 at the half-hour mark, and 52-35 at three-quarter-time.

Coach Martin once again worked her bench throughout the clash and the changes made were seamless.

“The girls played some good netball today,” she said.

“We are trying to play the game at speed but with controlled speed, and that is still a work in progress.

“At the same time, we are trying to give our new players some court time so they’re not left out and can cover two or three different positions, and do it well.

“I was happy with that performance. The girls keep setting points-scoring benchmarks throughout games so they are constantly challenged. They need to do that to stay on top of their game.”

Whangara goal attack Nadia Taare added new meaning to the expression “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, stinging HSOG many times with some lovely goals.

Bayleigh Harrison prowled the midcourt like a tiger, snapping up many turnovers.

Tania Hill and Tiara Weir stamped their mark on the game at the defensive end while goal shoot Sandy Porter again shot consistently.

HSOG coach Naomi Whitewood said her team lost their structure on defence in a game without their usual defensive combination, although Saffron Eparaima worked hard, as usual, at goal defence.

Tanya Owen, at centre then wing attack, also contributed strongly.

“The girls were caught standing a lot and Whangara were very strong taking ball off us,” Whitewood said.

“But I feel we are still heading in the right direction.”

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