Race to top prize in netbal league heats up

2017-08-15 06:03
Deidre Parker of Kansas City is beaten to the ball by Janiemah April of Dolphins during the Mitchell’s Plain Netball Union’s super A league game played at Westridge on Saturday. Kansas won 39-18. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Deidre Parker of Kansas City is beaten to the ball by Janiemah April of Dolphins during the Mitchell’s Plain Netball Union’s super A league game played at Westridge on Saturday. Kansas won 39-18. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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The race to the title is heating up in the Mitchell’s Plain Netball Union’s super A league after Kansas City convincingly beat Dolphins 1 39-18 in the last round of the Freda Allen league games.

The win puts KC and Goldhill 1 in joint position on the league table with 12 points each. The Plumstead team has the luxury of one game in hand over Kansas City and is the only team with a 100% winning record after six games. Defending league champions KC were sporting new playing kit in the game as part of their 40th anniversary and were on a mission to shut out the opposition from the start. They never took their foot off the peddle.

The game followed a similar playing pattern throughout for KC, with playmaker Deidre Parker linking up with Celeste Marks and Tamslee Martin in the goal area. The trio were unstoppable, with Parker roaming free in midfield without being challenged. Martin delivered yet another match-winning performance and has reached the net 34 times in 40 attempts. Her performance on the day was of such a high standard that she received the praise of Dolphins 1 coach Taswald Africa, who admitted that Martin was a handful for his goalkeeper Melony Liekla.

“Martin is a classy player, but my team did not stick to my instructions to slow the pace of the game down,” Africa added.

Dolphins 1 were stuck in first gear and gave the ball away aimlessly. Bernie Sanger, wing attacker for Dolphins, stood out with her positional play but she was often let down by her offensive players who missed 15 attempts at goal.

Unless there is a sudden slump in form for the two leading teams in the competition one can expect the fight for supremacy going down to the wire come end of September when the season ends.

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