Valley first to earn point against men

Valley centre Whitney Cleveland looks for support during the North Otago premier club netball...
Valley centre Whitney Cleveland looks for support during the North Otago premier club netball game against the Oamaru men on Saturday. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN
Valley Karaka achieved a first in North Otago club netball this season.

The Weston team earned a bonus point on Saturday for finishing within 10 goals of the Oamaru men, losing 45-36.

The rule has been brought in this season to encourage clubs to match up as close as possible with the physically dominant men, who play each week in the competition but are not eligible for the playoffs.

Valley, missing star goal shoot Kara Cox, actually got within a goal at one stage in the second half before the score blew out.

The men led 11-6 after the first quarter but just 21-18 at halftime and 32-28 after three quarters.

Valley had a strong attacking game, led by outstanding goal attack Molly Hurst, who formed excellent connections with Brianna Sandri and Brytnee Firman.

In the only other game, St Kevin’s beat Athletic Maroon 29-21.

The schoolgirls started slowly and led just 6-5 after the first quarter, but they found their rhythm in the second quarter and, with captain Olivia Mavor swooping on intercepts, pushed ahead to 15-9 at halftime and 24-14 at the three-quarter break.

Athletic had some good spells and had the consolation of winning the final quarter.

There were no Waitaki Girls’ games due to sickness, so they will be rescheduled.

-- Staff Reporter



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