Top sides resume season with aplomb

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

The top three sides on the ladder in the Albany Netball Association A1 competition all recorded victories in round 9 after the season resumed on Saturday after almost a month’s break.

After the mid-season break for the school holidays, both Magpies 1 and Kangas 1 kept the pressure on ladder leaders Royals Saints as the race for the top two spots intensified.

Magpies finished comfortable 29-goal winners over Narrikup 1 in their fixture to ensure they remain in touch with Royals Saints and Kangas 1, who sit above them on the standings.

Magpies' Caitlyn Wheatley shoots as Narrikup's Tina Mundy defends.
Camera IconMagpies' Caitlyn Wheatley shoots as Narrikup's Tina Mundy defends. Credit: Albany Advertiser

Kelly Judd and Rebecca Goodliffe worked hard in centre court for the Magpies but it was their defence who impressed most, keeping Narrikup to only eight goals in the second half.

Little separated the two sides in the first term as Narrikup — led by Sarah Horgan and shooter Rebekah Lovelle — trailed by a goal, but the Magpies skipped clear in the second quarter after outscoring their rivals nine goals to four.

Leading by six at the main break, the Magpies forward combination of Jasmyne Jones and Caitlyn Wheatley were prolific in the third stanza as they netted 18 goals to all but end the contest, their side going on to claim victory 52-23.

Kangas 1 were also convincing winners in their round 9 affair, downing the last placed Bethel 1 after a strong four-quarter performance.

Bethel's Charlize Van Der Mescht shoots.
Camera IconBethel's Charlize Van Der Mescht shoots. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

The defending premiers started brilliantly with a 15-goal opening term and had created a 13-goal margin by half-time.

Kate Minter provided great drive at centre and sharpshooter Marcia Trevenen capped off her side’s good work as Bethel proved no match to go down by 23 goals, 56-33.

Royals Saints, who lost their first game of the season in round 8, began the second part of the regular season in good style as they beat Grammar 1, 44-28, to remain one point ahead of Kangas 1 in top spot.

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