Ladder-leading Flames turn the torch on Williams team in Narrogin and Districts Netball Association

Narrogin Observer
Williams Akalia Pannell defends Flames Amelia Sherry last year.
Camera IconWilliams Akalia Pannell defends Flames Amelia Sherry last year. Credit: Emma Taylor

Flames remain on top of the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association ladder after notching their sixth win of the season on Friday night.

It was a top-v-bottom clash between Flames and Williams in round nine, and the ladder leaders were able to prevail by 13 goals.

Flames sit on top of the ladder on percentage over Pingelly, who have played one more game.

Both teams had some players unavailable and not much separated Flames and Williams at quarter-time.

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The mid-court was closely matched in a strong battle between agile centres Liz Fowler for Williams and Kate Poultney for Flames.

However, Flames pulled away in the second quarter with some excellent defence as Sarah Corner provided pressure in wing defence and showed great timing to pick off numerous passes.

Melita Davey in goal defence was excellent for Flames, both with aerial intercepts and reading of the play, while goalkeeper Careese Ranieri picked up numerous balls.

The outstanding defence from Flames made it difficult for Williams to get the ball to their shooters Clare Hardie and Megan Hardie.

At half-time Flames had set-up a 10-goal lead.

The second half was a much closer contest, with Williams defenders Tayla Battley and Em Liddelow having numerous deflections and intercepts, but Flames continued their consistent play.

The Flames showed their class to edge further in front, and finished 53-40 winners.

In the other A1 fixture, reigning premiers Pingelly defeated Wagin 65-46 to remain in contact with Flames at the top.

Cuballing and Wickepin are yet to play their round-nine fixture.

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