• All In Elusive netballers tick off first early-season goal

All In Elusive netballers tick off first early-season goal

Mission accomplished ... yes the smile on Tremains All In Elusive netball coach Arama Jackson's face confirmed that tonight.

His team had just ticked off the first of two early-season goals in Hawke's Bay's premier Super 8 club competition with a 57-42 third round victory against last year's runners-up NGHS Senior A in Taradale's Pettigrew-Green Arena.

"I have to be happy with that but at the same time we still have a lot to work on. The margin could have been a lot higher considering the amount of possession we had," Jackson (pictured above) said.

Captain and midcourter Candis Timms shone with her leadership and distribution despite often having two defenders on her. Gisborne-based defender Alex Sinclair was prominent while the new attacking circle combination of Gisborne-based goal attack Jayda Banks and goal shoot Kathleen Nahora operated well.

Nahora had an 85 per cent success rate with 40 successes from 47 attempts and Banks a 71 per cent success rate with 17 from 24. 

"We were missing two key players from our attacking circle in Kia Diamond and Rhandell Sharrock but we showed our depth and you need depth to beat them," Jackson added as he pointed to next week's opponents, unbeaten defending champions Thirsty Whale Otane Sports.

NGHS Senior A coach Charissa Barham was proud of her young side's effort. Her squad lost seven Year 13 students last year and one of this season's Year 13 players, goal defence Katie Beal, impressed with her composure and organisation.

"Last year we knew what we had at the start of the season. This season will be all about growth across the season. If we get our processes, connections and structures right I think we have the potential to reach the semifinals," Barham explained.

"Forty odd points against All In is a good effort and I don't think we showed our potential on defence," Barham added.

Barham's daughter, goal attack Annika Barham, was the best of the NGHS players in the attacking circle with 22 successes from 30 attempts for a 73 per cent success rate. 


The other early game saw the Irene van Dyk (pictured above) -coached BM Accounting HHSOG Huia side beat HGHS Senior A 47-27.   Huia trailed 10-8 after the first quarter but led 19-18 at halftime and 35-23 after the third quarter.

Otane Sports posted their third consecutive win with a 60-29 victory over RDCL Outkast Sports. Otane goal shoot Mia Reeves sunk 46 of her 53 attempts for an 87 per cent success rate.

The other late game saw Vet Services Central Sports beat promoted Three Wise Birds HHSOG Huia 45-36 after leading 26-15 at halftime. Central goal shoot Ally Hislop sunk 13 of her 15 attempts for an 87 per cent success rate during the first half.

Kereru goal attack Crystal Kavana sunk eight of her nine attempts for an 89 per cent success rate.