Golden St Mary’s side too tough for Gore High

Contact. . .Gore High School A goal keep Gabby Winkel (17) stretches high to get a hand on the ball destined for St Mary’s goal shoot Amy Egan. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The experience of St Mary’s Gold won the day in its match against Gore High A on Saturday.

The score was 29-21 in the Eastern Southland Netball MLT premier grade game.

Spokeswoman Maggie Harvey said there were times in the match when the team lost composure.

“We did make it hard for ourselves.

“High school had some really good patches of play and put some pressure on.”

There were a few loose passes and sometimes the players were not patient enough getting the ball to the shooters, she said.

“We rushed the feed or pass into the circle. We should have reset.”

At the end of the first quarter the team led 8-6.

By halftime it was ahead 16-12.

At the next break the score was 22-15.

Gore High came back in the last quarter to score six goals to the St Mary’s side’s seven.

Gore High is coached by Krista Marsh and Justine Goatley.

The team played very well, Marsh said.

“They played the whole 40 minutes.

“We were never up in the game, trailing a little bit behind, but they played a strong game for the whole four quarters.”

Even when positional changes were made it did not affect the performance.

“Not every team can play with changes.”

The team had a squad of 11.

“They have a lot of different strengths between them so it’s nice to change them lots.”

It also meant that when the team went to tournaments, no other players would need to be seconded to make up numbers.

Centre Gabby Harrex (18) played well, Marsh said.

“She just gels the whole midcourt together, just that experience, and she is a great support for the new ones.”