Moral booster for Celtics

2017-06-20 06:01
Jenni Leigh Oliver of Goldhill 2 (left) intercepts a pass meant for Lavern Petersen of Celtics in a division A league game played at the Westridge sport complex. Celtics won 20-17.

Jenni Leigh Oliver of Goldhill 2 (left) intercepts a pass meant for Lavern Petersen of Celtics in a division A league game played at the Westridge sport complex. Celtics won 20-17. (Rashied Isaacs)

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Celtics recorded their third win of the season by beating Goldhill 2 in an evenly contested division A league netball game played at the Westridge sport complex on Saturday.

While the 20-17 score is a moral booster for the Heideveld team, the women in green and yellow can count themselves unlucky for not collecting the three league points that were on offer.

Goldhill 2 were dominant in the first two quarters of the game, spreading the ball with ease to their frontline players Kenecia Isaacs and Regina Beukes.

Celtics offered little in defence and Isaacs could dictate matters in the goal area as she pleased. She was responsible for 14 of her team’s goals, which constantly kept her team on the front foot.

The game was mostly contested in the middle of the park, with Goldhill 2 choosing quick counter attacks with swift passes. They had the luxury of Seneste Ponie, whose intelligent passing from centre circle set up numerous scoring opportunities for Isaacs.

The game was characterised by unnecessary pushing and shoving between players, but a stern warning to both teams by umpires settled the game into an entertaining one. This seemed to be the tonic Celtics needed to lift them into action as the first two quarters of the game saw them losing possession through long loopy passes and indecisiveness in the goal areas.

They grew in confidence and took charge of the last two quarters of the game. Rose Anne Martin and Nadine Gelderboem were responsible for the 20 goals.

Martin in particular had a nervy start and struggled to find the net with her first five attempts at goal, but she stood tall when it mattered, contributing 13 goals to set up the win.

“It was a tough game for us today, but we knew we could pull it through to keep us challenging for the league title,” said captain Letitia Behr of Celtics.

The win keeps Celtics above Goldhill 2 in fourth position with Kansas City at the top of the league table.

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