Pingelly show their class with crushing win against Wickepin in round two of NDNA action

Felicity AstburyNarrogin Observer
Mother-daughter combinations Mel Martin, Karli Martin, Tyler Steere, Kelly Steere.
Camera IconMother-daughter combinations Mel Martin, Karli Martin, Tyler Steere, Kelly Steere. Credit: Julie-Anne Grout

The Pingelly Panthers were 17-goal winners over last year’s A2 division one premiers Wickepin in the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association A1 division on Saturday.

Both teams had some new faces on paper in the premier division, including young talent and returning champions.

It was intense in the mid-court early with both sides going goal-for-goal and Pingelly’s Alex Hodges’ sharp feeding in to the circle leading the Panthers to a four-goal lead at the first break despite creative circle work from the young Tyler Steere.

In the second quarter the Panthers were consistent in goals and any wayward feeds from Wickepin were expertly read by Panthers defenders.

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Centre Kelly Steere looks to pass to a young Wickepin attack.
Camera IconCentre Kelly Steere looks to pass to a young Wickepin attack. Credit: Julie-Anne Grout

Wickepin toiled hard all game, keeping Panthers’ attack scrambling and forcing the feeders to ground level on many occasions.

In the third quarter Wickepin brought Meg Conway out to mid-court and moved Kelly Steere to goal shooter to showcase the mother-daughter combination in the circle.

Tyler Steere and Kelly Steere were serviced by Kelli Martin and Mel Martin as the rolling subs were used by an undermanned Wickepin as they utilised the second mother-daughter duo of the match.

The Panthers’ accuracy in goals proved the difference and it was an exceptional game by defenders at both ends.

Pingelly's Leanne Watts shoots at goal.
Camera IconPingelly's Leanne Watts shoots at goal. Credit: Julie-Anne Grout

Panthers’ Katie MacNamara’s efforts in goals earned her best-player votes, along with Caris Cunningham for her defensive turnovers over the four quarters.

Meg Conway was named Wickepin’s best for her goal and mid-court efforts.

In other results, Cuballing defeated Olympics on Friday by nine goals while Wagin got on top over Williams by 13 goals.

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