• NGHS earn favourite's tag for netball final

NGHS earn favourite's tag for netball final

Give the favourite's tag for next week's Hawke's Bay Super 8 Club netball final back to defending champions Napier Girls' High School.

Yes NGHS were pipped 44-43 by the team they will meet in next Friday night's final at Taradale's Pettigrew-Green Arena, Thirsty Whale Otane Force, at the same venue tonight. But NGHS were playing without key midcourters, Ashleigh Poi and Parris Petera, who were in Wellington four a tournament and the guts they displayed in recovering from an eight goal deficit in the final quarter before losing in the final second will give them plenty of confidence.

Otane won't have the services of Western Bay of Plenty Magic ANZ Premiership shooter Kelsey McPhee next week as she hasn't met the three-game criteria to qualify for the final.

In tonight's clash NGHS led 12-11 after the first quarter. Otane led 26-21 at halftime and 38-30 after the third quarter.

With both teams already qualified for next week's final both camps used the match to give their bench players plenty of court time. Otane's goal shoot for the first half, Dallace Heremaia finished with an 87 per cent success rate after sinking 20 of her 23 attempts.

Napier Girls' High School shooter Jessica Taylor did well to slot 23 of her 29 attempts for a 79 per cent success rate.

The other late game saw Vet Services Central Sports pip Hastings Girls' High School 48-44 to secure a spot in next week's playoff for fifth against Outkast Sports. Central led 12-6 after the first quarter, 25-21 at halftime and 38-31 after the third quarter.

Central goal attack Kirby Beach slotted 26 of her 31 attempts for an 84 per cent successs rate. The best of the HGHS shooters, Peta Heather, sunk 31 of her 44 attempts for a 70 per cent success rate.

In the early games Tremains All In Elusive beat House of Travel Havelock North Kauri 75-39 and BM Accounting HHSOG Huia beat Optimise Physio Outkast Sports 46-35. Huia and All In Elusive will meet in next week's playoff for third.

All In shooter Pania Rowe had a 93 per cent success rate with 64 successes from 69  attempts. Kauri shooter Tanya Laking sunk 29 of her 37 attempts for a 78 per cent success rate.

Huia goal attack Hannah O'Keefe sunk 16 of her 22 attempts for a 73 per cent success rate.