Young shooter leads Sonix fightback against Narrikup
Sonix have come from nine goals down to pinch a draw against Narrikup 1, producing a spirited final term on the back of the efforts of young shooter Kasey Warren on Saturday afternoon.
Narrikup controlled most of the round 2 Albany Netball Association A1 contest as they appeared on track to win a second straight game.
They led at quarter-time and half-time and after stretching the margin to a game-high nine goals in the third, went into three-quarter-time six goals up.
Sonix, however, won the third term and they continued to fight back early in the fourth as hard-running centre Kate Minter was pivotal in providing Warren and the experienced Jodie Wignall with goal-scoring opportunities.
Warren showed her poise under pressure as she netted nine goals in the final term, including a couple of clutch late in the piece to level scores and then put Sonix in front.
Narrikup levelled scores and then had possession in the final minute as goal shooter Heidi Sandison had an opportunity to win the game.
Sandison’s initial shot as time elapsed rimmed out but it was recalled, and with the defenders standing aside she had a shot after full-time that was unsuccessful to leave the two sides locked together at 41 apiece.
Sonix won the final term 12 goals to six, led by Warren who netted nine goals from 16 attempts in a terrific display.
The young forward finished with a game-high 27 goals at 56 percent and was well supported by Minter, who spent three quarters at centre, and Wignall.
Narrikup will lament a missed opportunity to remain unbeaten, with defender Darcy Kerr outstanding in a losing affair.
Kerr’s ability to read the play and intercept as goal defence helped quell Sonix for a large period of the match, no doubt catching the eye of umpires with her display.
Shooters Sandison (22 goals from 32 attempts) and Marianne Tutt (18 from 28) were solid throughout the contest.
New side Railways have notched a second win in their maiden A1 season, beating last year’s grand finalists Royals Saints 1 by eight goals.
An 11-goal to four first term set up the 39-31 win as Railways held off a strong challenge in the second and third quarters.
Grammar 1 also remain unbeaten after they defeated Magpies 1 in their round 2 encounter, 53-43.
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