YMP and HSOG start competition strongly

RITANA Senior A from Lytton High School scored the bragging rights in their clash with arch-rivals Gisborne Girls’ High School Senior A on Saturday in premier grade Pak’nSave netball grading.

In the other highlights YMP Sunshine Brewery outplayed Claydens Waikohu, and Taste One High School Old Girls demolished Whangara Old Girls.

The Lytton students won their much anticipated clash 27-24 over GGHS Snr A, though Girls’ High picked up a bonus point for getting within three goals.

Girls’ High led at half time but Lytton managed to get in front in the third quarter and the match swung in their favour (6/8, 12/14, 21/18, 27/24).

“The score line was close for the full game and neither team was able to take dominance,” said netball commentator Sherrill Beale.

“Both teams had some good passages of play.”

Waikohu got out of the starting blocks strongly in their match against YMP and led the first quarter, but while it stayed within two goals for the next two quarters, YMP remained in the lead and won by six goals (6/8, 15/13, 23/21, 32/26).

“YMP’s links are developing well and the ball was moved confidently through the court,” Beale said.

“Waikohu tried different combinations and were never too far behind the defending champions.”

In their second match YMP completely outplayed Ritana 33-17 (10/4, 16/6, 25/10, 33/17).

“The experienced YMP were too strong for the students today.”

High School Old Girls dominated Whangara Old Girls and won their contest well 30-18 (7/3, 18/9, 27/15, 30/18).

“HSOG are working as a team and drive the ball through the court at speed to their shooters,” Beale said. “On defence they worked together in each area of the court causing Whangara to make errors.”

Centre chairwoman Kate Faulks said YMP and HSOG had started the competition strongly.

“They seem to have good numbers.”

The likes of Whangara Old Girls were rebuilding, along with Horouta Gold, she said.

“Both the premier grade school teams have had quite a bit of change with older girls leaving.

“The result on Saturday would seem to indicate that Ritana have the edge at this stage,” Faulks said.

“As a centre, though, it is encouraging to have two secondary school teams in our premier grade competition, and hopefully they will still be there after the challenge round.”

All netball takes a break next weekend over Easter.

“However, we have Tairawhiti teams travelling to Invercargill to compete in the Aoteoroa Maori Netball Tournament,” Beale said.

“We wish them well.

“The seniors return to the Victoria Domain courts on Saturday, April 27 to complete the grading round,” she said.

“The secondary and Intermediate grades return to the courts Saturday, May 4 to start their competition rounds.”

RITANA Senior A from Lytton High School scored the bragging rights in their clash with arch-rivals Gisborne Girls’ High School Senior A on Saturday in premier grade Pak’nSave netball grading.

In the other highlights YMP Sunshine Brewery outplayed Claydens Waikohu, and Taste One High School Old Girls demolished Whangara Old Girls.

The Lytton students won their much anticipated clash 27-24 over GGHS Snr A, though Girls’ High picked up a bonus point for getting within three goals.

Girls’ High led at half time but Lytton managed to get in front in the third quarter and the match swung in their favour (6/8, 12/14, 21/18, 27/24).

“The score line was close for the full game and neither team was able to take dominance,” said netball commentator Sherrill Beale.

“Both teams had some good passages of play.”

Waikohu got out of the starting blocks strongly in their match against YMP and led the first quarter, but while it stayed within two goals for the next two quarters, YMP remained in the lead and won by six goals (6/8, 15/13, 23/21, 32/26).

“YMP’s links are developing well and the ball was moved confidently through the court,” Beale said.

“Waikohu tried different combinations and were never too far behind the defending champions.”

In their second match YMP completely outplayed Ritana 33-17 (10/4, 16/6, 25/10, 33/17).

“The experienced YMP were too strong for the students today.”

High School Old Girls dominated Whangara Old Girls and won their contest well 30-18 (7/3, 18/9, 27/15, 30/18).

“HSOG are working as a team and drive the ball through the court at speed to their shooters,” Beale said. “On defence they worked together in each area of the court causing Whangara to make errors.”

Centre chairwoman Kate Faulks said YMP and HSOG had started the competition strongly.

“They seem to have good numbers.”

The likes of Whangara Old Girls were rebuilding, along with Horouta Gold, she said.

“Both the premier grade school teams have had quite a bit of change with older girls leaving.

“The result on Saturday would seem to indicate that Ritana have the edge at this stage,” Faulks said.

“As a centre, though, it is encouraging to have two secondary school teams in our premier grade competition, and hopefully they will still be there after the challenge round.”

All netball takes a break next weekend over Easter.

“However, we have Tairawhiti teams travelling to Invercargill to compete in the Aoteoroa Maori Netball Tournament,” Beale said.

“We wish them well.

“The seniors return to the Victoria Domain courts on Saturday, April 27 to complete the grading round,” she said.

“The secondary and Intermediate grades return to the courts Saturday, May 4 to start their competition rounds.”

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