Nelson College put in a dominant performance at Saxton Stadium as they beat Waimea College 58-35. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Nelson win college bragging rights


Jacks OPD remains on track to defend its premier netball title.

The defending champion continued its winning ways with a hard-fought victory over Stoke last week.

The fourth round of the Nelson premier netball competition also saw the battle of the colleges, as Waimea took on Nelson College for Girls at Saxton Stadium on Thursday night.

Waimea have yet to register a win this season and are currently sitting bottom of the premier table.

Meanwhile, Nelson were coming off the back of an historic upset over Prices Pharmacy and is sitting pretty in third.

Both sides had strong vocal support as captain Lydia Swaney opened the scoring for Nelson with a beautiful long-range goal from right on the edge of the circle.

Nelson dominated the match in the first quarter, showing some silky skills to take a lead that they would not relent.

Sharp shooter Tia Van Diepen was firing at 100 per cent until a miss with time up on the clock and a lead of 14-9.

Waimea struck first in the second and threatened to mount a comeback, centre Sam Hardie’s tireless efforts keeping her side in the contest.

Her opposite Chloe Webb also gave an extremely polished performance, combining with Tia for several stunning goals.

Waimea lost its accuracy and a number of soft turnovers allowed Nelson to maintain momentum and stretch its lead to ten which they held on to until half-time, leading 29-19.
Chloe was carried off early in the third after a brutal blow to the stomach.

However they pushed on, Nelson’s young shooters showing no fear, finding the net at will from all over the circle and taking a 43-29 lead at three quarter time.

Nelson put its foot on the throat in the final fifteen, Chloe returning to the court to help inflict more pain on Waimea.

Her presence forced several more turnovers and Tia brought up the half-century with less than five minutes remaining, extending the lead to 20 in the process.
Nelson College for Girls coach Faye Eden says it was great for the girls to back up their historic win over Prices.

“Very happy with that, they did well.”

On the other court, Jacks were pushed hard by Stoke but eventually took the points with a 65-54 win.

The table toppers held the lead at the end of every quarter 17-16, 33-30 and 47-42.

In the evening’s later game, Prices Pharmacy bounced back from its loss to Nelson, beating Richmond F45 by 47-37.