Physed A too good for Bs

Jo Morrison bounces a pass down court during the Physed Blues game against South Pacific at the...
Jo Morrison bounces a pass down court during the Physed Blues game against South Pacific at the More FM Arena on Saturday morning.PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Physed A continued its winning way for the 2019 season with a commanding 77-47 win over Physed B.

Physed A started strongly going up eight goals to four within the first five minutes. But while Physed A held a solid lead for the entirety of the first quarter, Physed B showed great patience with ball in hand to get to its own shooting circle.

There were moments of brilliance but also errors which caused many turnovers and meant the ball went back and forth before being scored. Physed A finished the first quarter up 21-10.

The second quarter started much the same as the first, with Physed A putting on a run of six unanswered goals before Physed B was able to find its feet again.

Physed A's goal shooter Meleitia Tatupu was a fantastic target for her team with confident feeds into her from both circle edge as well as the centre third. Tatupu dragged in some long bomb feeds that looked like they were heading over the base line, as well as converting them with some lovely shooting.

Physed A put on another run of six before the end of the second quarter to go into the long break up 41-23.

Physed B held the momentum for a long period of the third quarter, stopping any real runs of goal for the A team.

Physed B wing defence, Sally Rickard, snatched a couple of beautiful intercepts to keep her side in the fight, along with some nice feeds from wing attack, Becky Paterson, into goal shooter Bella Masani. Even though Physed B picked up its game for the third stanza, Physed A was still able to convert 12 goals of it own, to keep the lead at the final break 53-39.

Physed A really lifted the intensity for the last 15 minutes. The ball speed through court left Physed B chasing on defence and meant the A team was able to score quickly and comfortably.

Physed A's attacking unit of Tatupu, goal attack Sarah Boomer and wing attack Holly Munro looked as if they had been playing together for years, when it was only their second real outing in that combination.

While the attacking end looked comfortable, the defensive end was doing its job too, picking up countless intercepts, tips and rebounds, especially centre Ella Brown and goal defence Mara McCurdy.

With the turnover ball from the defensive pressure and the speed and confidence on attack, Physed A had two major scoring runs of nine and 11 unanswered goals before the final whistle. Physed A won the final quarter 24-8, to win by 30 goals.

In other games, South Pacific Titans A had a dominant win over Physed Blue 72-42. St Hilda's Collegiate got another win on the board with a victory over Southern Tuis 50-28, while Southern Magpies beat Markhams College A 58-53.

 - Bridget Thayer 

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