Kangas prevail over persistent Bethel

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Bethel's Emily Hulm takes the centre pass.
Camera IconBethel's Emily Hulm takes the centre pass. Credit: Laurie Benson

Kangas 2 cruised to a comfortable 17-goal win over Bethel 1 last Saturday afternoon to record their second win in the first three games of the Albany Netball Association A1 competition.

In the opening round of the new season, Kangas 2 beat Narrikup 1 and they could easily be undefeated after losing by only a goal last week to Grammar 1.

After an even first quarter in the round 3 fixture, Kangas 2 took control as they piled on 12 goals in the second period while restricting Bethel to three at the other end, led by some impressive defence.

Bethel's Charlize van der Mescht shoots as Kangas' Amy Coetzer defends.
Camera IconBethel's Charlize van der Mescht shoots as Kangas' Amy Coetzer defends. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Goalkeeper Amy Coetzer helped negate numerous Bethel advances along with fellow defenders Hollee Siviour and Shelby Upson.

Leading by 11 goals at the main break, Kangas increased that margin in the third quarter as forwards Monique Nicholson and Caitlin Ward feasted on the constant supply mainly from Evie Dennis and Ellen Smith.

Kangas netted another 13 goals in the third to skip well clear by three-quarter-time and they finished convincing winners, 42-25, despite Bethel fighting back in the final term.

Emily Hulm worked tirelessly in midcourt and Molly Gibbons played well up forward for Bethel.

Kangas' Caitlin Ward with possession.
Camera IconKangas' Caitlin Ward with possession. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Meanwhile, Kangas 1 have come from behind in the final term to pinch a four-goal win over Narrikup.

Narrikup led by two goals at three-quarter-time after an impressive display but Kangas, led by Kate Minter and Kirsty Smith, in midcourt, powered home to outscore their opponents nine goals to three and score a tense 24-20 triumph.

Royals Saints 1 maintained their unbeaten record after a hard-fought victory against Grammar, as the defending premiers scored 24 goals in the second half on their way to a 15-goal result.

Grammar trailed by a single goal at half-time but were left to rue a four-goal third term in the 32-47 loss.

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