Wagin dominate young Cuballing & Olympics pass test

Michael Traill and Holli HansonNarrogin Observer
Wagin Netball Club's five senior teams at the courts on Friday.
Camera IconWagin Netball Club's five senior teams at the courts on Friday. Credit: Susie McDougall

A young Cuballing side faded away against an in-form Wagin outfit on Friday night in the Narrogin and Districts Netball Association.

Wagin led by only a single goal against Cuballing after the first break, 12-11.

Cuballing 1's Taya Olman attempts to intercept a pass between Wagin 1's Laura Hutton-Storer and Careese Ranieri.
Camera IconCuballing 1's Taya Olman attempts to intercept a pass between Wagin 1's Laura Hutton-Storer and Careese Ranieri. Credit: Susie McDougall.

A dominant second quarter, however, saw Wagin increase their lead to 26-14 at half-time, outscoring Cuballing 14 to 3.

Again in the third term, Wagin were impressive, converting 12 goals to Cuballing’s 6, leading 38-20 at the final break.

Cuballing only managed four goals to the victor’s 12 in the final quarter, giving Wagin the 50-24 goal win.

Taya Olman, Ata Elliot and Careese Ranieri collected the umpire’s votes.

OLYMPICS PASS TEST

Olympics Gold and Williams entered their clash last Saturday hoping to secure fourth position on the ladder with strong individual match-ups.

Olympics Gold were missing two key players in Tanya Hart and Chloe Hanson, so the team was left with seven players, increasing the workload for all.

Williams scored the first few goals with no reply until Olympics’ defensive duo Ellen Smith and Natasha Hawkes systematically delayed scoring opportunities from Megan Hardie and Abbi Battley, with Olympics up by two goals at quarter-time.

Melita Davey and Lee Conlan displayed strong centre-court connections, hitting the circle’s edge rapidly and feeding shooters Ashtyn Steer and Libby Hilder with great success to build Olympics’ lead to seven by half-time. Williams’ Megan Hardie shot accurately throughout the match but was challenged with the shift of Olympics’ Sarah Overington into goal defence, with Overington taking three impressive intercepts and getting plenty of tips for the rest of the match.

Lee Melchiorre and Lauren Shutz’s defensive pressure slowly turned the tide of the game with plenty of turnovers seeing Williams outscoring Olympics for the final two quarters. However, Olympics’ teamwork and final efforts in the last five minutes saw them hold onto their lead, winning 47-44.

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