St Peter’s win set up by strong start

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Down court...Menzies College wing attack Courtney Gaven looks for a team mate to pass to while St Peters College wing defence Bethany Coghlan, 17, tries to limit her options.PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

A great start gave St Peter’s College the advantage in its premier netball game against Menzies College on Saturday.

The blue and reds won the Netball Eastern Southland game 34-28.

St Peter’s coach Lydia Benge said the game was evenly contested.

“I thought it was a good, fair schoolgirls game,” Benge said.

“We started well and that put us on the front foot for the game.”

St Peter’s led the first quarter 10-5, and was ahead 20-12 at halftime.

It had been the team’s plan to start well, she said.

“We executed that and we were proud of that effort.”

At the end of the third quarter St Peter’s was ahead by 10 to lead 28-18.

In the fourth quarter Menzies outscored St Peter’s six to 10 to reduce the final deficit to six.

Players were combining well on court.

“We were able to look after our ball.”

Centre Kiera Davis (17) played “a blinder”.

“She picked up lots of ball through court – just beautiful, clean, read the line, off she went.”

Goal attack Molly King (17) shot at 83%.

Goal defence Lucy Wilson (17) also worked hard.

Having international netball umpire Kristie Simpson officiating at the game was “empowering for teenage girls”.

“I heard she gave the girls some tips on court so that is pretty cool.”

Menzies coach Justine Goatley said she was pleased with her team’s effort.

“They did keep going right to the end,” Goatley said.

“They didn’t give up which is really good.”

The team was in a rebuilding phase and players were starting to gel.

“We are trying combinations and building for tournament.”

Goal attack Brianna Ferguson (17) had a very good midcourt game and shot at 87%.

“She only missed four goals.”

Goatley was pleased with the team’s scoring rate to shots put up.

The shooters put up 36 shots and netted 28 of them.

In comparison St Peters put up 46 and scored from 34.