Comfortable win keeps Royals Saints on top

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

A 14-goal third-quarter blitz from Royals Saints 1 has helped them remain a game clear on top of the ladder after disposing of Kangas 2 by 22 goals in round 11 of the Albany Netball Association A1 competition on Saturday afternoon.

After a draw last week, Royal Saints started well and opened up a seven-goal margin by half-time but their eighth win of the season was set up in the third term as they dominated proceedings.

Kangas' Caitlin Ward passes off.
Camera IconKangas' Caitlin Ward passes off. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Narelle Humphries, who sat out the first half, was brought into the game in the third quarter and provided immediate impact at wing attack while Ashleigh Smith was also introduced up forward.

With talented mid-court player Taylah Orzel providing great drive at centre, Royals Saints shot clear as they finished the term with 14 goals, with shooting combination Nardia Humphries and Smith getting on a roll.

Limiting Kangas to only three goals at the other end helped Royals Saints to an 18-goal buffer by the final change.

Kangas' Shelby Upson looks to get past the Royals Saints' defence.
Camera IconKangas' Shelby Upson looks to get past the Royals Saints' defence. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Narelle Humphries was pushed to goal shooter in the last term and Sophie Lynch returned to centre as their side outscored Kangas again, 12 goals to eight, finishing comfortable winners, 48-26.

Lisa Amess and Paige Aggiss were ever reliable in defence for the winners, who remain two points ahead on top of the standings. Meanwhile, Kangas’ slim finals hopes took another dent but they were best served by Caitlin Ward and goalkeeper Linsey King.

In Saturday’s other match, Magpies 1 recorded a 50-29 win against bottom side Bethel 1 to hold onto second spot by percentage.

Kangas' Stacey Rogers moves the ball forward.
Camera IconKangas' Stacey Rogers moves the ball forward. Credit: Albany Advertiser

It was a seventh win of the season for Magpies, who drew with Royals Saints last week, and they are locked together with defending premiers Kangas 1 on 15 points.

Kangas survived a big scare on Friday night in their clash with Grammar 1, getting over the line by a single goal, 36-35, in a thrilling final quarter.

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