Broadfield ends Lincoln’s winning streak

by Kent Caddick

Broadfield has upset defending champions Lincoln in round two of the Selwyn premier netball competition.

In a repeat of last year’s grand final, Broadfield edged Lincoln 56–55 in a thrilling game at the Lincoln Events Centre on Saturday.

It is Lincoln’s first loss in over two years in the competition and came after it led by ten goals after the first quarter. A tenacious Broadfield clawed its way back into the match and eventually took the lead, finishing just one goal ahead of the defending champions. Lincoln player-coach Vanessa Robinson, who is out injured at the moment, said they have a different team to last year.

“We have some young players in the squad, and we are working with them to teach them about playing in the premier competition,” she said.

“We have a lot of areas to make improvements on, and I guess the loss is better at the start of the competition than at the end of the season.”

Meanwhile, Southbridge showed improvement from its first-round loss, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Greenpark B. The first half was a tight affair with both sides going goal for goal until Greenpark established a small lead by half-time. Greenpark then kicked on in the final two quarters to take the match 45–37.

In the other match of the round, Greenpark A proved too strong for West Melton running out winners 59–23.

In the Premier two grade Rolleston recorded a big win over Halswell, 65–31, Southbridge B downed Burnham 43–28 and Lincoln B edged Broadfield B 32–31. 

Southbridge’s Tracey Stone lines a shot up at goal

Southbridge wing attack Sarah Ormandy moves the ball through the court