Narrikup snap losing streak
Narrikup 1 recorded their first win of the 2017 Albany Netball Association A1 competition, downing Bethel 1 by six goals at the finish, in a high-scoring round 6 affair on Saturday afternoon.
Both Narrikup and Bethel went into the contest without a win to their name but the third term proved the difference as Narrikup piled on 17 goals to nine, taking control of proceedings.
Led by centre Jorden Tester and forward combination Jayde Walker and Rebekah Lovelle, Narrikup extended their slender one-goal half-time advantage into a nine-goal buffer at the final change.
With Jessica Leamon working hard in the goal circle and Emily Hulm providing strong drive Bethel were able to hit back in the final term, scoring 14 goals of their own but it wasn’t enough to haul in Narrikup’s lead.
Narrikup eventually claimed a 51-45 victory, their first triumph of the season while the result was Bethel’s smallest loss of the season and their best performance since rejoining the A1 grade.
Meanwhile, Magpies 1 flexed their muscle against Grammar 1 to notch their fourth win of the season.
Despite some shooting inaccuracy in the first half, Magpies won the first three quarters of the match on their way to a 12-goal win.
Magpies forward Jasmyne Jones finished with a game-high 24 goals while her partner in attack Ebony Thorpe hit 17 of her 28 attempts for the game.
The first half was critical for Magpies as they led by 10 goals courtesy of ever-reliable midcourt star Kelly Judd and the composed Rebecca Goodliffe.
Sisters Jordyn and Kasey Warren combined up forward for Grammar in the absence of regular shooter Cleo Bigwood who is out with a knee injury.
The pair started slowly but got better as the game went on, Jordyn scoring 16 of her 30 attempts while Kasey finished with 13 goals from 26 attempts.
They both nailed five goals each in the last term as Grammar matched their more experienced rivals, as the quarter ended 10 goals apiece but Magpies prevailed 41-29 on the scoreboard.
On Friday night, Kangas 1 outlasted fellow club side Kangas 2 40-33 at the final whistle.
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