Evenly fought games of netball across fixtures played in Mt Barker in round 11 of Albany Netball Association

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Narrikup's Saska Ellis passes.
Camera IconNarrikup's Saska Ellis passes. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

A strong start helped Narrikup 5 score a confidence-boosting win over Magpies 3 in round 11 of the Albany Netball Association’s A4 competition on Saturday.

Magpies came into the clash on top of the ladder, having only lost one game, but an eight-goal first term set the tone.

A determined Narrikup led by three goals at the first break and the margin only grew as the game went on.

Magpies' Jorja Kirkwood shoots.
Camera IconMagpies' Jorja Kirkwood shoots. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

In the end Narrikup finished 16-goal winners, jumping to third place on the ladder as a result of the 32-16 triumph.

The second-placed Bethel 3 went down by eight goals to Narrikup 4 later in the day.

In the other A4 fixtures, Kangas 4 were too strong for Griffins 3 to emerge 14-goal winners, and Royals Saints 3 recorded a tight five-goal win over Griffins 4.

Round 11 kicked off in Mt Barker with a match between Bullets’ two modified teams, Bullets 9 and 10.

Supporters lined the court to see some future stars of the game playing in their first year of netball.

Meanwhile on court one, Bullets 8 and Magpies 7 played a high-quality game of D-grade netball.

Narrikup's Charli Jackson shoots.
Camera IconNarrikup's Charli Jackson shoots. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Magpies maintained a comfortable lead for most of the match but Bullets fought to the end, going down 12-18.

Bullets 7 and Bethel 7 played out the closest match of the day, with the margin never more than three goals either way.

Bethel held their nerve to score a two-goal win, 22-20. In the B3 grade Bethel jumped out to a strong lead, with the game all but over at half-time.

Magpies' Indi Rogers passes.
Camera IconMagpies' Indi Rogers passes. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

However, Bullets came storming home in the final term to get within five goals at the final whistle.

Bullets 2 got their season back on track with a strong performance against Magpies 2, with the Bullets’ experience too much for their young opponents.

In the final game of the day, Magpies 1 jumped out of the blocks with a polished first quarter to take a strong lead over Bullets 1.

Magpies' Cheyenne Patterson and Narrikup's Elli Holt contest.
Camera IconMagpies' Cheyenne Patterson and Narrikup's Elli Holt contest. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Magpies’ class shooters were complemented by a miserly defence that made life difficult for Bullets.

It was a much more even contest in the the final three quarters as Bullets’ defensive trio put pressure on every attacking play from Magpies.

Magpies continued to pull away from their opponents, however, to run away with a 14-goal win to maintain second spot on the ANA ladder.

Action from games played in Mt Barker.
Camera IconAction from games played in Mt Barker. Credit: David Pearce

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