Whangara given a fright

Gisborne Girls’ High School goal shoot Kaden Moeke (left) tries to gather the ball as Whangara Old Girls goal keep Tiara Weir tips it away. Picture by Paul Rickard

Gisborne Girls’ High School gave Whangara Old Girls a right royal run for the money in a Pak’nSave premier-grade netball game at the YMCA on Saturday and grabbed a bonus point against one of the more fancied teams in the competition.

Netball commentator Sherrill Beale said it was a close game that could have gone either way.

The students outscored Whangara 11-7 in the first quarter, but by halftime Whangara had clawed their way into a 23-21 lead.

It was 35-34 at three-quartertime and 48-45 to Whangara at the end.

“The students earned a bonus point for their close loss,” Beale said.

“It was very exciting in the last quarter, with the score level at 41-all midway through.

“Then Girls’ High pulled ahead by four goals, only for Whangara to peg it back to 45-all with a minute and a half to go.

“Whangara’s experienced players pressured Girls’ High, who were unlucky to drop the ball at a vital moment, and the rest is history.”

For Whangara, Taryn Walford at centre was instrumental in the win, Beale said.

“She drove through the court, made herself available for passes and linked both ends.

“Taryn also made good decisions around the goal circle. She was right on the circle edge for the ‘in-out’ passes from the shooters, and then delivered the right pass back in.

“Several of her tips helped pull Whangara back when they slipped behind.”

Beale said Tiara Weir worked well and combined with Trish Thomas in the circle to stop the student shooters — Princess Tomoana and Kaden Moeke, then Courtney Fleming.

“Princess at goal attack did a lot of court work and finished off with some good goal shots.”

Naomi Alovili (goal keep), Kaipo Olsen-Baker (goal defence) and Azalleyah Maaka (wing defence), with Hannah Veitch (wing defence in the last quarter), worked well together for Girls’ High, Beale said.

“They kept together in the goal third, and made passes a little more difficult into Whangara’s shooters Sandy Porter and Nadia Taare (goal attack).

“Girls High are definitely rising.”

In the second match at the YMCA on Saturday morning, Taste One High School Old Girls beat Lytton Senior A 57-48.

HSOG led throughout — 13-12, 32-22 and 48-35 at the quarter breaks.

“This was another close game,” Beale said.

“HSOG had a good second quarter, where they outscored the students by nine goals, and that helped them win it.

“The students were much closer in the third quarter and actually won the final quarter.”

She said the HSOG team members all worked together and drove the ball at speed through the court.

“Lisa Basford at goal attack had a very strong game.

“She has a very good awareness of where all of her players are and manages to pass the ball in any direction to help get into a better position for shooting.

“That type of play has helped Ashleigh Brown at goal shoot become more confident and she took some good passes and finished off with some very good goals.”

Beale said HSOG goal defence Alex Sinclair was improving every week.

“She took several intercepts while out hunting the ball and also combined well with goal keep Sarah Cox and wing defence Kelly Swann-Ferris. They stopped a lot of high ball going into Lytton’s shooter Manaia Hutana.”

Beale said Lytton had passages of good play but were not consistent.

“It wasn’t as easy for them to get the ball through court while all Highs School Old Girls’ players were on defence.

“Riata Maynard at wing attack worked tirelessly and delivered some good ball into the shooters – Honey Mokomoko and Manaia.

“Keasi Williams-Fonohema at goal keep collected some good high balls – especially in the last quarter.”

Gisborne Girls’ High School gave Whangara Old Girls a right royal run for the money in a Pak’nSave premier-grade netball game at the YMCA on Saturday and grabbed a bonus point against one of the more fancied teams in the competition.

Netball commentator Sherrill Beale said it was a close game that could have gone either way.

The students outscored Whangara 11-7 in the first quarter, but by halftime Whangara had clawed their way into a 23-21 lead.

It was 35-34 at three-quartertime and 48-45 to Whangara at the end.

“The students earned a bonus point for their close loss,” Beale said.

“It was very exciting in the last quarter, with the score level at 41-all midway through.

“Then Girls’ High pulled ahead by four goals, only for Whangara to peg it back to 45-all with a minute and a half to go.

“Whangara’s experienced players pressured Girls’ High, who were unlucky to drop the ball at a vital moment, and the rest is history.”

For Whangara, Taryn Walford at centre was instrumental in the win, Beale said.

“She drove through the court, made herself available for passes and linked both ends.

“Taryn also made good decisions around the goal circle. She was right on the circle edge for the ‘in-out’ passes from the shooters, and then delivered the right pass back in.

“Several of her tips helped pull Whangara back when they slipped behind.”

Beale said Tiara Weir worked well and combined with Trish Thomas in the circle to stop the student shooters — Princess Tomoana and Kaden Moeke, then Courtney Fleming.

“Princess at goal attack did a lot of court work and finished off with some good goal shots.”

Naomi Alovili (goal keep), Kaipo Olsen-Baker (goal defence) and Azalleyah Maaka (wing defence), with Hannah Veitch (wing defence in the last quarter), worked well together for Girls’ High, Beale said.

“They kept together in the goal third, and made passes a little more difficult into Whangara’s shooters Sandy Porter and Nadia Taare (goal attack).

“Girls High are definitely rising.”

In the second match at the YMCA on Saturday morning, Taste One High School Old Girls beat Lytton Senior A 57-48.

HSOG led throughout — 13-12, 32-22 and 48-35 at the quarter breaks.

“This was another close game,” Beale said.

“HSOG had a good second quarter, where they outscored the students by nine goals, and that helped them win it.

“The students were much closer in the third quarter and actually won the final quarter.”

She said the HSOG team members all worked together and drove the ball at speed through the court.

“Lisa Basford at goal attack had a very strong game.

“She has a very good awareness of where all of her players are and manages to pass the ball in any direction to help get into a better position for shooting.

“That type of play has helped Ashleigh Brown at goal shoot become more confident and she took some good passes and finished off with some very good goals.”

Beale said HSOG goal defence Alex Sinclair was improving every week.

“She took several intercepts while out hunting the ball and also combined well with goal keep Sarah Cox and wing defence Kelly Swann-Ferris. They stopped a lot of high ball going into Lytton’s shooter Manaia Hutana.”

Beale said Lytton had passages of good play but were not consistent.

“It wasn’t as easy for them to get the ball through court while all Highs School Old Girls’ players were on defence.

“Riata Maynard at wing attack worked tirelessly and delivered some good ball into the shooters – Honey Mokomoko and Manaia.

“Keasi Williams-Fonohema at goal keep collected some good high balls – especially in the last quarter.”

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