Tight at the top in Selwyn netball

by Kent Caddick

This year’s Selwyn premier netball competition is shaping up to be one of the closest contests in years.

Many Selwyn netball fans in recent years will have become used to watching the Lincoln juggernaut roll the competition on its way to the final and the title.

However, this season is different and with two games into the final round robin section of the competition all six teams are separated by a single point.

Defending champions Lincoln, which lost to Greenpark B the previous weekend, bounced back to take the win over division newcomers Rolleston, which had upset competition leaders Broadfield the previous Saturday.

After trailing for most of the match, Lincoln came from behind in the final quarter to take the points 52–49.

Hannah Thomas is at the centre of another Southbridge attack

Meanwhile, Broadfield responded to its loss to Rolleston with a fairly comfortable 58–43 win over Southbridge in the late game at the Lincoln Event Centre. Southbridge had held the title contenders in the first quarter, but Broadfield, playing with an experienced and settled line-up, pulled away to take the match and now sit second on the points table on goal differential to Greenpark A.

Greenpark A was untroubled in downing the club’s B team 75–41 to sit top of the table.

All six teams have a win and a loss after two rounds with Greenpark, Broadfield and Rolleston all on five points thanks to picking up a bonus point.

In the Premier two grade West Melton and Prebbleton sit on top with eight points after the weekend’s action.

West Melton beat third placed Southbridge B 45–43 while Prebbleton edged Lincoln B 46–43 to open up a three point gap at the top of the table.

Malvern picked up its first win of the final round-robin round with a 47–43 win over Broadfield B in the 
other match played in the Premier two grade.