Suburban Silver march on in Premier 2


Suburban Silver continued their march towards the promotion/relegation game in two weeks time, after they beat Jacks Red 47-23 in a Premier 2 game at Saxton Stadium on Saturday.

Suburban have swept all before them with convincing wins in the past five rounds.  The remaining seven teams are reasonably close, making for an interesting competition.

Seven of the nine Suburban players have Premier grade experience and are spearheaded by ace shooter Ani Waitai, while Leigh Leigh Wiremu is a handy goal attack to have in a lineup.

The teams traded goals for the majority of the first quarter, however five unanswered goals at the end saw Suburban ahead 12-7.

Suburban had to adjust their tactics as they could not use the long feed to Ani with the height of Nicolee Lams or Kath Merritt in at goal keep. In previous games, wing attack Karla Lowrie has been afforded the luxury of receiving the centre pass, turning and firing it straight into Ani under the post. Jacks did not have the same flow in the second period and they appeared to miss Robyn Leonard in at centre. Suburban turned the ball over and were able to convert regularly to outscore Jacks 12-4.

Both teams made a number of changes at the major break with Jacks proving to be more beneficial. Robyn returned to the court to provide direction and more punch through court and provided her shooters with good ball placement. And while shooters Ericka Newport and Gill Champion did not return their best statistics, they rebounded superbly to gain the second opportunity. Gill shouldered a hefty load through  court and was well supported by wing attack Mel Ramsay. The spoils were shared with the teams scoring eight apiece.

Suburban lifted their game in the final stanza and came out firing, pushing one another until the final whistle when they went on an unanswered nine goal scoring spree to record a 47-23 win.

Frances Tilley impressed in the defensive circle where she rebounded strongly and gathered in a couple of intercepts when she moved out to goal defence. Kirsty Thompson also read the game well to create turnover ball, while Ani and Leigh Leigh returned a combined 85 per cent shooting average.