Flames continue their winning form in the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association after notching their second straight victory

Nan Steer and Fiona KirbyNarrogin Observer
Flames’ Piper Edwards under pressure from Williams pair Megan Hardie and Sarah Corner.
Camera IconFlames’ Piper Edwards under pressure from Williams pair Megan Hardie and Sarah Corner. Credit: Emma Taylor

Flames 1 made it two wins on the bounce after starting strongly in their win over Williams 1 in the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association on Saturday.

After winning their first game of the season in round five, Flames maintained their first-quarter lead in an exciting and physical game to win their second game by five goals.

Amelia Sherry quickly took control for Flames against Williams’ Karla Gors, setting a fast pace through the centre court, with teammates Meg Conway and Lucilee Ilses responding well to her swiftness.

Williams’ Abbi Battley defends Flames’ Jess Daniels.
Camera IconWilliams’ Abbi Battley defends Flames’ Jess Daniels. Credit: Emma Taylor

Accurate ball placement by Williams’ Akaila Pannell to shooters Megan Hardie and Abbi Battley worked well but the Flames defenders Tayla Curtis and Jessica Daniels showed their presence against the speed of Hardie, helping Flames open up a two-goal advantage at quarter-time.

Flames were determined to take control in the second term as Piper Edwards took the court in wing attack for Flames, holding nothing back against the experienced Sarah Corner and with the ever versatile Pannell matching up against Amelia Sherry in the centre, fast play prevailed down the court.

Flames’ Amelia Sherry looks for options.
Camera IconFlames’ Amelia Sherry looks for options. Credit: Emma Taylor

Flames shooters Chelsea Mulchay and Abbey Wilson combined well against the strong defence of Lauren Schutz and Lili Petchell, and with their accuracy increased Flames buffer to 11 goals, 29-18.

Williams fought back in the third quarter with strong defensive play throughout the court using their experience to their advantage.

Despite Flames pair Sherry and Conway combining well to shut down entries to the circle, Williams shooter Hardie used her fast pace and agility to help her side outscore Flames by one for the quarter.

Williams’ Amy Lubcke gathers the ball.
Camera IconWilliams’ Amy Lubcke gathers the ball. Credit: Emma Taylor

In a thrilling final term Williams were slowly, but consistently pegging back the gap. Flames did not shy away from the contest and stayed strong to eventually hold on for a 52-47 victory at the final whistle.

In the other A1 clash, Pingelly 1 recorded their fifth win of the season after a strong 57-42 result over Olympics Gold.

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