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Waikohu have boilover potential


ONE game stands out as capable of producing a boilover in premier-grade netball tomorrow.

That game begins at 11am tomorrow when Taste One High School Old Girls meet Claydens Waikohu (1) in PAK’nSAVE senior netball.

“I expect this game could be close,” netball commentator Sherrill Beale said.

HSOG won by just five goals last time these teams met.

“Waikohu had a very close loss last week, to Whangara Old Girls, in a game that could have gone either way,” Beale said.

“Both they (Waikohu) and HSOG have been playing some good netball. Both teams work well together on attack and defence, and there will be some very good match-ups throughout the court.

“If the weather is kind, there will be some good netball skills on display.”

The premier programme tomorrow begins at 10am with the match-up between YMP Sunshine Brewing and Ritana Senior A.

“Although last week’s weather conditions were not conducive to fast driving netball, YMP still displayed good understanding between their players,” Beale said.

“They were dominant in their win.

“The Lytton High students had some good passages of play last week, but they will need them for the full game if they want to take this win.”

The 12 midday game has Whangara Old Girls (1) in action against Gisborne Girls’ High School Senior A.

When they played each other previously it was close. Whangara won by just five goals.

“The students had a bye last week, and the week before they had a close win against Waikohu,” Beale said.

“In that Waikohu match they didn’t let the more experienced players disrupt their game plan.

“They will need to do the same tomorrow because Whangara have experienced players through the court.”

Beale said she was looking forward to the match-ups, in the game.

The final premier match at 1pm, will feature Taste One High School Old Girls again, this time against Horouta Gold.

“HSOG like to move the ball at speed and all of their players work together throughout the court,” Beale said.

“I think Horouta will be in for another tough game.”

At the time The Herald went to print today all matches scheduled for tomorrow at Victoria Domain remained on, with Covid-19 Level 2 requirements in place.

The centre has had measures in place for Level 2 previously and those measures apply again now. They include staying home if you are unwell or sick, ensuring good hand hygiene, and practising good social distancing.

Today’s Year 3 and 4 futureFerns and primary interschool games were cancelled.

MIDCOURT ACTION: Whangara Old Girls centre Ruby Westrupp gathers the ball as Waikohu wing defence Stormy Merritt applies pressure. Whangara won a thriller 36-35. Whangara play Gisborne Girls’ High School tomorrow, and Waikohu will look to continue their strong form when they play High School Old Girls. Picture by Paul Rickard