Royals Saints remain on top after downing Bethel

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Royals Saints' Taylah Orzel and Bethel's Casey Griffiths contest the ball.
Camera IconRoyals Saints' Taylah Orzel and Bethel's Casey Griffiths contest the ball. Credit: Laurie Benson

Royals Saints 1 took another step towards securing top spot and the minor premiership after overcoming a brave first-half challenge from Bethel 1 in their round 12 Albany Netball Association A1 fixture on Saturday afternoon.

The defending premiers opened up a five-goal lead in the first term as Bethel put up a spirited fight.

Royals Saints shooting combination of Kayla Thomas and Nardia Humphries were on target in the first half scoring 23 goals from 30 attempts together as their side stretched the lead to nine by half time.

Ahead 23-14, the third stanza belonged to Royals Saints who put the foot down scoring 17 goals to just three and opening up a 23-goal advantage.

Bethel's Emily Hulm gathers the ball.
Camera IconBethel's Emily Hulm gathers the ball. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Bethel played well in the last quarter to limit their opponents to nine goals but went down 49-20 at the final whistle.

Sophie Lynch help set up the win, running hard all day, while Szczecinski shot at 100 per cent in the final term on her way to 10 goals from 14 attempts in the win, while Humphries finished with a game-high 25 goals from 31 attempts.

For Bethel, Emily Hulm worked tirelessly all game and was well supported by Casey Griffiths.

Bethel's Janelle Clay shoots as Royals Saints’ Narelle Humphries defends.
Camera IconBethel's Janelle Clay shoots as Royals Saints’ Narelle Humphries defends. Credit: Albany Advertiser

A 27-goal first half from Kangas 1 helped them set up a 24-goal win over rivals Kangas 2 on Friday night, lifting them to second spot.

Kangas 1 led at every change as they netted 13 first-quarter goals then added 14 more to shoot to a 16-goal half-time advantage.

From there Kangas 1 controlled the game to run away 53-29 winners and sit second by percentage.

The other fixture between Magpies 1 and Narrikup 1 was postponed.

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