HSOG, Waikohu in battle royal

AT FULL STRETCH: High School Old Girls goal keep Alex Sinclair (right) goes for the intercept as Waikohu goal shoot Arahia Ruru awaits the outcome in premier-grade netball on Saturday. In the background, umpire Debbie Hutchings keeps up with the play. HSOG won the match 49-48. Picture by Paul Rickard

High School Old Girls and Claydens Waikohu fought out a battle royal in Pak’nSave premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday, and HSOG got home by the skin of their teeth.

Taste One HSOG held a one-goal lead at the end of the first quarter but the game was tied up at 26-all at halftime.

HSOG had nudged ahead 40-37 by three-quartertime but Waikohu came back.

HSOG held on to win 49-48. Waikohu earned a bonus point for being within five goals.

“The girls did very well,” Waikohu coach Cheryl Te Rito said.

“Some calls went against us in the final minute, when it was tied up with 60 seconds to go.

“The result should have been a draw in my view.”

Te Rito said the girls played the more controlled game they had been working on.

“They stuck to the game plan and I was really happy with that.

“Every one of them did very well. It was a really good team effort.”

She was especially pleased with the play of Atlee Wainohu, at wing defence, then later at centre.

High School Old Girls coach Tanya Owen said she and her girls were disappointed with the performance.

“They — and I — don’t think they stuck to the game plan.

“They played very individually, and while they gave the match everything they could, they gave it in the wrong ways at times,” Owen said.

Katie Kirkpatrick came on for them again halfway through the second quarter and brought more speed, intensity and control into the HSOG midcourt.

“The pairing between Courtney Stubbins and Katie was outstanding,” Owen said.

“They worked tirelessly and very well together.

“The result shows we still have so much work to do as a team.

“But we will gladly take the points for the win.”

In Wednesday night’s matches at the YMCA, Whangara Old Girls play Claydens Waikohu, and YMP Sunshine Brewery take on Horouta Gold.

Those matches will be previewed in tomorrow’s Gisborne Herald.

High School Old Girls and Claydens Waikohu fought out a battle royal in Pak’nSave premier-grade netball at the YMCA on Saturday, and HSOG got home by the skin of their teeth.

Taste One HSOG held a one-goal lead at the end of the first quarter but the game was tied up at 26-all at halftime.

HSOG had nudged ahead 40-37 by three-quartertime but Waikohu came back.

HSOG held on to win 49-48. Waikohu earned a bonus point for being within five goals.

“The girls did very well,” Waikohu coach Cheryl Te Rito said.

“Some calls went against us in the final minute, when it was tied up with 60 seconds to go.

“The result should have been a draw in my view.”

Te Rito said the girls played the more controlled game they had been working on.

“They stuck to the game plan and I was really happy with that.

“Every one of them did very well. It was a really good team effort.”

She was especially pleased with the play of Atlee Wainohu, at wing defence, then later at centre.

High School Old Girls coach Tanya Owen said she and her girls were disappointed with the performance.

“They — and I — don’t think they stuck to the game plan.

“They played very individually, and while they gave the match everything they could, they gave it in the wrong ways at times,” Owen said.

Katie Kirkpatrick came on for them again halfway through the second quarter and brought more speed, intensity and control into the HSOG midcourt.

“The pairing between Courtney Stubbins and Katie was outstanding,” Owen said.

“They worked tirelessly and very well together.

“The result shows we still have so much work to do as a team.

“But we will gladly take the points for the win.”

In Wednesday night’s matches at the YMCA, Whangara Old Girls play Claydens Waikohu, and YMP Sunshine Brewery take on Horouta Gold.

Those matches will be previewed in tomorrow’s Gisborne Herald.

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