Kangas 2 jump towards finals

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser
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Kangas 2 have kept their finals hopes alive with a 13-goal victory against bottom side Bethel 1 in round 12 of the Albany Netball Association A1 competition on Saturday afternoon.

Without a win to their name this season since being promoted to the A1 competition, Bethel began strongly as shooters Jessica Leamon and Molly Gibbons found their range to help their side lead 13-12 at the first break.

Kangas 2's Shelby Upson looks for options.
Camera IconKangas 2's Shelby Upson looks for options. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Kangas fired back as Caitlin Ward and Stacey Rogers came into the game and they netted another 12 goals to snatch back the advantage.

Leading by two goals at the start of the second half, Kangas quickly extended the margin on the back of centre Evie Dennis and the work of forward combination Monique Nicholson and Shelby Upson.

Bethel's Jessica Leamon shoots as Kangas 2's Linsey King defends.
Camera IconBethel's Jessica Leamon shoots as Kangas 2's Linsey King defends. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The third term was decisive as Kangas outscored their opponents 11 goals to seven to push the gap to six goals before another 12-goal last quarter guided them to a fourth win of the season, 47-34.

The win leaves Kangas three points adrift of fourth-placed Grammar 1 ahead of must-win games against Kangas 1 and Grammar in the last two rounds of the season.

A dominant first half has pushed Magpies 1 closer to a top two finish, after they dismantled defending premiers Kangas 1 by 27 goals.

With experienced duo Kelly Judd and Rebecca Goodliffe providing great supply, Magpies duo Jasmyne Jones and Ebony Thorpe were on fire in the goal circle as their side netted 17 goals in the first term. Magpies had 32 goals on the board by half-time which put the game to bed, going on to claim a 59-32 triumph.

Kangas 1's Jodie Wignall looks for options.
Camera IconKangas 1's Jodie Wignall looks for options. Credit: Albany Advertiser

The percentage boosting win has Magpies in the box seat to finish in the top two, facing Grammar this week and then having the final round bye.

In the other fixture Royals Saints 1 overcame a gallant Narrikup 1, 45-30, to maintain top spot on the ladder.

Magpies' Claire Roocke waits for the ball.
Camera IconMagpies' Claire Roocke waits for the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

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