Fine skills show on court

Holli HansonNarrogin Observer
Lee Conlan passes to Libby Hilder in the A1 clash.
Camera IconLee Conlan passes to Libby Hilder in the A1 clash. Credit: Susie McDougall

Pingelly and Olympics Gold opened their match with fine netball skills being demonstrated by all 14 players on court.

Olympics played with more hunger for the ball, matching Pingelly goal for goal with the first period ending even at 16 goals each.

Libby Hilder’s shooting and attacking skills were exceptional with Mel Tinker and Leigh Jennings unable to prevent her scoring either long range or short in first half. The strong attacking skills and whole court connections between all Pingelly players started to wear on the opposition, as they reached a four-goal lead at half-time.

In the third quarter, Alex Hodges, Caris Cunningham and Rhea Turton shut down virtually all ball movement in mid-court, with their speed and athleticism too much for Olympics.

Mel Tinker at goalkeeper managed to hinder any shooter-to-shooter connections between Libby Hilder and Ashtyn Steer. Leigh Jennings continued the tagging role in goal defence which further placed doubt in feeders’ minds.

Pingelly’s Sheree Blechynden and Leanne Watts scored 23 goals in the third quarter. The dynamic shooting duo out-smarted the defensive line.

Olympics Gold got a second wind in the fourth quarter with Ashtyn Steer gaining confidence, shooting accurately and sharing the work-load with Libby Hilder.

Both teams each scored 16 goals with the final score 72-54 in favour of Pingelly.

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