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Physed A, despite an early hiccup, posted a clinical 60-51 win over Otago Girls' in Dunedin premier netball at the weekend.
Coming into the game, Physed A were in third position while OGHS were at the foot of the table.
There was a set of tight opening exchanges to start the game and OGHS went on a four-goal run to have a one-goal advantage through the first quarter.
Girls' High fell away towards the back end of the quarter with poor handling and sloppy execution allowing Physed to control the game’s tempo.
Physed took the lead at quarter-time by 14 goals to 7.
Physed built on that advantage at the start of the second quarter with four goals to push the margin over double digits.
Physed goal attack Georgia Heffernan, returning from an ACL injury, looked calm and collected on the shot.
Physed led 29-18 at halftime.
Girls' High GA Abby Harris added height and flow in the circle when she came off the bench, and the schoolgirls reduced the margin to six, 42-36, at the three-quarter mark.
Physed kept their composure to diminish any chance of a first win in the premier comp for Otago Girls'.
Goal shoot Meleitia Tatupu was on fire, shooting at 87% and forming a slick combination with Heffernan.
Otago Girls' can be proud of how close they took the game and are improving on a weekly basis, meaning a first win may not be far off.
In the opening game of round four, Physed B claimed a 57-48 win over South Pac after being down by two goals late in the third quarter.
Southern remain unbeaten with a 64-39 win over St Hilda’s in which the Magpies were never troubled.
Physed C won a thriller 48-45 over College to leave the middle of the table in a bottleneck state and only the school teams without a win thus far at the halfway mark of the season.
- Jack Ward