Kangas bound closer to top four

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Narrikup's Tamara Ditchburn sends her team forward.
Camera IconNarrikup's Tamara Ditchburn sends her team forward. Credit: Laurie Benson

Kangas 1 have set up an enthralling final two weeks of the regular season in the Albany Netball Association A1 season, after winning a gripping contest against Narrikup 1 in round 12 on Saturday afternoon.

Little separated the two sides for the majority of the contest, but Kangas won the first and final quarters to secure the tight three-goal win and keep their slim finals hopes alive.

In a top-four finals system, only Kangas 2 are out of contention of playing finals as the win from Kangas 1 keeps them within three points of the fourth-placed Grammar 1.

Kangas' Maddi Hines takes the centre pass ahead of Narrikup's Kristie Slater.
Camera IconKangas' Maddi Hines takes the centre pass ahead of Narrikup's Kristie Slater. Credit: Laurie Benson

Kangas scored 14 goals in the opening term against Narrikup to set up the win before Narrikup, through Heidi Sandison, hit back in the second.

With Kristie Slater and Emily Porter working well in midcourt, Sandison did most of the damage under the net as Narrikup closed the margin to a single goal by half-time.

Young shooter Sascha Roberts started the third term on fire, her poise helping Kangas race out to a four-goal lead at one stage.

Narrikup's Casey Greay shoots over Kangas' Rani Rawlinson.
Camera IconNarrikup's Casey Greay shoots over Kangas' Rani Rawlinson. Credit: Laurie Benson

Narrikup would not go away but every time they drew closer, young Kangas shooters Roberts and Alyssa Ward stepped up and Nicole Newton was also busy.

It was still a single goal margin at three-quarter-time after 11 goals apiece in the third. but in a thrilling final term. Kangas prevailed to snatch a 45-42 win.

Kangas outscored Narrikup 12 goals to 10 in the last as they won their fourth game of the season, led by Roberts and Newton.

Kangas' Marcia Trevenen.
Camera IconKangas' Marcia Trevenen. Credit: Laurie Benson

Slater was a strong contributor for Narrikup along with Sandison and the versatile Ella Scamozzi.

Railways missed a chance to move into second spot, as they got beaten by Magpies 1 in the Friday night fixture.

Magpies netted 13 goals in both the first and second quarters to open up a 10-goal advantage that Railways were unable to reel in.

The 52-31 win lifted the fifth-placed Magpies to 12 points with two games to play.

In the other Saturday games Sonix proved too strong for Grammar, winning 46-38 to move to 11 points, while ladder-leaders Royals Saints 1 secured the minor premiership with an emphatic 40-goal win over Kangas 2.

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