Prices can’t topple Rival

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There is a definite top four and bottom four in Nelson Netball’s Senior 2 competition.

With four rounds of the seven complete, there are four unbeaten teams – Jacks Ale House, Prices Pharmacy Silver and Jacks Lime are sitting on 16 points with the perfect record, while Rival Jade have 14 points with three wins and a draw.  Prices Pharmacy Red sit in fifth place and have been ever so close in three of their games, gaining a bonus point for finishing within three goals of the winner.

It was Prices who made the better start in their game against Rival Jade, scoring four of the first five goals. Goal shoot Di Wells made a great start as she netted seven from eight in the first stanza.

Rival are fortunate in having a “grand pair of bookends” with evergreen Judy Totoro wearing the GK bib and Susan Mathieson the GS one – a massive amount of experience to anchor both the defensive and offensive ends. Susan was the master as she converted 26 from 40, many from long range, while goal attack Linda Kotua was content to take on the role of a third feeder.

Rival had their noses in front 9-8 at the first break, however both teams went tooth and nail to share the spoils in the second period. Rival played their  best defensively when they limited Prices to only four goals in the third quarter, when Di’s radar went astray. Rival’s Janine McCarthy had good body positioning for the rebound to deny Prices a second opportunity.

Prices goal defence Rachel Potrykus worked tirelessly – she read play well, gained two clean intercepts, and a number of deflections and was a power house rebounder as she had eight to her name.  She was also a competent ball carrier, while wing defence Sheryl Hockey was keen to attack the ball.

Prices left their best until last when they outscored Rival 8-7, only to come out on the wrong side of the ledger 27-30, however it was enough to gain them a bonus point.