Steel supreme over Sneakers

The Steel got back to its winning ways at the Super Club netball tournament in Nelson last night.

The Steel had opened its campaign in a disappointing fashion on Sunday night, going down to the Gauteng Jaguars 65-61 as the South Africans came home hard in the final quarter.

But the Steel was not so lax last night when it met the Singapore Sneakers.

It beat the Sneakers 80-52 and won every quarter. It led 24-15 at the end of the first quarter and pushed that out to 38-24 at the halftime break.

The team had a real spring in its step in the third quarter, and it pulled away to lead 59-40 after three quarters.

Jen O'Connell started the first quarter then came back into the match in the final quarter and did well to finally nab a two-point goal right near the end to put the icing on the cake.

The side gave everyone a run and there were some impressive performances by the Steel's younger brigade.

The Heffernan twins impressed throughout the encounter and the defence was sound. The ball was moved down the court with some real pace at times.

The side did not use the two-point line that often, but Olivia Bates came into her own in this regard in the final quarter as she launched some nice long shots which found the net.

Experienced Steel defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit stamped her class and was dominant in the circle when she was on the court.

The Sneakers shot twice as many two-point attempts as the Steel and had some success with the long shot but still fell well short.

In the other games, Marama Vou beat the UWS Sirens 60-57 while the Tactix beat the Gauteng Jaguars 64-36. The Pulse was due to play the New South Wales Institute of Sport late last night.

The Steel is scheduled to play the Tactix in a crunch match today at 8.30pm.

 

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