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Hunter Netball: Metro girls claim their biggest scalp


Hunter Netball claimed its biggest scalp in the Netball NSW Dooleys Metro League during the week.

In one of the side’s most polished performances in the Sydney-based competition, the Lexi Unicomb-coached outfit knocked over the seventh-placed Ku-ring-gai 40-31.

The result was also Hunter Netball’s second consecutive victory in 2023, highlighting the players’ improvement over the past month.

Hunter Netball secured back-to-back wins in the Netball NSW DOOLEYS Metro League. Photo: Steve Fitock

The locals enjoyed a six-goal advantage to lead 10-4 at the end of the opening quarter.

They then extended that margin to 22-10 by the long break.

Hunter Netball surged to 30-19 in the third term before wrapping up the fixture 40-31.

“The first half was the most composed, high intensity and strategic game we have played all year,” Unicomb said.

“We focused heavily on three key things each quarter… and made sure we continued to check the box during the 15 minutes.

“Now, we need to build on Monday night’s brilliant effort.

“That means maintaining a high intensity for a full four quarters.

“We’ll continue to work on the fundamentals and tighten up the things we could do better.

“It’s very exciting for the players to see all their hard work paying off and their efforts being rewarded with back-to-back wins.

“They should be so proud of the team they have become.”

Hunter Netball faces Liverpool City, positioned fifth, at Netball Central in Homebush on Monday 31 July.

Netball NSW DOOLEYS Metro League

Round 14 results:

  • Northern Suburbs d Randwick 54-51
  • Hunter Netball d Ku-ring-gai 40-31
  • Camden & District d Liverpool City 47-42
  • Manly Warringah d St George District 64-37
  • Blacktown City d Inner West 62-26

Round 15 draw:

(Monday 31 July)

  • 7pm: court 1, Liverpool City v Hunter Netball
  • 7pm: court 2, Northern Suburbs v St George District
  • 7pm: court 3, Manly Warringah v Camden & District
  • 7pm: court 5, Blacktown City v Randwick
  • 7pm: show court, Ku-ring-gai v Inner West
  • Ladder: 1 Camden & District 25 (130.83%), 2 Randwick 21 points (132.01%), 3 Manly Warringah 19 (115.44%), 4 Northern Suburbs 18 (112.67%), 5 Liverpool City 14 (107.67%), 6 St George District 14 (98.38%), 7 Ku-ring-gai 11 (91.92%), 8 Blacktown City 9 (89.26%), 9 Hunter Netball 7 (81.40%), 10 Inner West 2 (57.89%)

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