Aces’ odds shorten for title

Nanjing Night Net

CSU’s Madeleine Moon and Turvey Park’s Kelly Eisenhauer chase after the loose ball on Saturday. Picture: Les Smith

Reigning premiersNew Kids Acesstrengthened in favouritism to take out back-to-back Wagga netball titles after running over second-placed Shooting Stars in the second half to win43-28 on Saturday.

The win was all the more convincing in that the Aces did it withoutregulardefenders, Rhiannon Podmore, Lisa Reynoldson and Tracy Schulz-Cole, which meantthey had to rely on players backing up after playing in their lower grade games.

The Stars were also without two of their key contributors in goal shooter, Clare Vearingand centre court player, Jenee West.

As both teams adjusted to their different lineups the teams traded goals in the opening quarterand went to the first break with a 9-all scoreline.

Another very even second term saw the Aces just gain the ascendancy as they took a one-goal lead into the second half.

However, after the long interval, despite losingcoachNaomi Hockertoinjury, the Aces lifted their game to completely outplay the Stars in the last two quarters.

Stars’ goal defence, Jemima Norbury, was most disappointed by the Stars’ effort andthought that they played way below par. She praised centre, Michelle Forrel for herperformance but suggested improvement would have to be made if they are to beconsidered a genuine threat for the premiership

Uranquinty strengthened their position in the top three afterbeating the Panthers, 59-48.

In an even first quarter, Uranquinty managed one more goal than the Panthers, who werewell served bygoal attackBonnie Higgins.

Perceiving her as a danger, Uranquinty coachRosemary Clark brought on HannahFinemore into defence to try and limit her opportunities, butthe Panthers who went into the long break witha four-goal advantage.

The good attacking play of Higgins encouraged more changes in the Uranquinty defence asRachael Creasy and Brooke Tilyard swappedpositions in a bid to limit her effectiveness.

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the court, Stacey Curran and Lana Duffy combinedwell to take their side to an 11-goal lead at the final change of ends.

That lead was maintained till the final whistle after the teams traded goals in anentertaining last quarter.

Higgins, Kate Garrett and Bettina Goolagong came to the fore for the Panthers, whileUranquinty were well served by Courtney Menzies, Olivia Tilyard, Rachael Creasy andHannah Finemore.

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