South Pacific Titans A too strong

Physed B midcourter Becky Paterson looks to move the ball on while Ainsley McGrath, of Physed...
Physed B midcourter Becky Paterson looks to move the ball on while Ainsley McGrath, of Physed Blue, is about to close her down at the Edgar Centre on Saturday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Dunedin club netball rolled back into action for 2019 on Saturday with several big score lines, including South Pacific Titans A's 62-42 victory over College A.

In the first quarter, College was very much in control right through court and its defensive pressure created many turnovers and its attacking end dominated the Titans defence.

The return of Dani Gray to the court for College was great to see, and she made the most of her 15 minutes, picking up several balls for her side.

The first spell was a little rusty from both sides, and a few loose passes were pushed a bit far.

At the end of the first quarter, College looked comfortable with a nine-goal buffer, 19-10.

The second quarter was a different game altogether. The Titans came out firing and their defensive pressure through court caused havoc with the College attacking structures.

The defensive duo of Georgia Cassidy and Taylor Thorne for South Pacific really came alive in the second stanza, continually disrupting the attacking flow and snatching numerous rebounds for their team.

With the increased possession, South Pacific reeled the score back to even at 22-all, with three minutes of play left in the second.

Its momentum continued and South Pacific won the second quarter 17-4 and led 27-23 at halftime.

The halftime break did not affect the Titans' energy and the side continued to build on the lead it had created.

A change at goal attack that brought Talei Pelasio on to court did not disrupt things either, and some fantastic drives opened the shooting circle up for easy ball into Titans shooter Kelly Laurence.

College goal defence Katie Begbie kept her side in possession, grabbing intercept after intercept off South Pacific's centre pass, but unfortunately not many of these were converted, as the Titans' defence unsettled the attacking end.

Titans led 44-34 at the final break.

The fourth quarter was more of the same.

The full court defence of South Pacific tightened up even more, forcing the College to shoot from wide in the circle, creating more rebounding opportunities that were then converted at the other end of the court.

South Pacific's lead continued to grow and it finished the game up by 20 goals, 62-42.

In other games, Physed A had a comfortable win over Southern Tuis 72-34, Physed B took the win over fellow club team Physed Blue 69-46, and Southern Magpies defeated St Hilda's Senior A 52-35.

 - The Northern Mystics powered to a 64-54 win over the Mainland Tactix in their ANZ Premiership clash in Auckland yesterday.

 - Bridget Thayer 

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