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Hunter Netball: Metro League girls gallant in defeat

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The scoreboard might not be showing it, but Hunter Netball continues to improve in elite company in the Netball NSW DOOLEYS Metro League.

There were a number of positive signs this week, even though the side dropped its encounter to Manly Warringah 51-39 at Netball Central, in Homebush.

Photo: Steve Fidock

The locals trailed 18-8 at the end of the first period, however they scored 13 goals in the second term to narrow the gap, 28-21, at half-time.

Manly then flexed its collective muscle in the third to extend its lead to 44-29.

And, even though Hunter Netball outscored its rivals again, 10-7, in the last quarter, it wasn’t enough to make up the difference.

Coach Lexi Unicomb admitted she was happy with the effort.

“Manly came out firing and gave us everything in the first 15 minutes,” she said.

“Although it was a rocky start, the intensity and drive from all players across the court was the best and most consistent display the team has demonstrated.

“The girls held Manly all game and constantly reminded them that we weren’t going anywhere.

“And, we continued to rattle them throughout the encounter.

“We’ll now work on the areas that need improvement and return bigger and better each week.”

Hunter Netball next faces the fourth-placed Northern Suburbs, who suffered a 51-33 loss to Camden & District, from 8.30pm on Monday 29 May.

In other clashes, Ku-ring-gai meets Liverpool City, St George District locks horns with Blacktown City and Inner West is hoping to secure its first win against Manly Warringah.

Competition leaders Randwick takes on Camden & District.

Netball NSW DOOLEYS Metro League

Round seven results:

  • Manly Warringah d Hunter Netball 51-39
  • Liverpool City d Inner West 69-39
  • Ku-ring-gai d Blacktown City 40-39
  • Camden & District d Northern Suburbs 51-33
  • Randwick d St George District 54-42

Round eight draw:

(Monday 29 May)

  • 8.30pm: court 1, Camden & District v Randwick
  • 8.30pm: court 2, St George District v Blacktown City
  • 8.30pm: court 3, Hunter Netball v Northern Suburbs
  • 8.30pm: court 5, Inner West v Manly Warringah
  • 8.30pm: show court, Ku-ring-gai v Liverpool City

Ladder: 1 Randwick 14 points (139.84%), 2 Camden & District 13 (127.24%), 3 St George District 10 (109.31%), 4 Northern Suburbs 8 (108.03%), 5 Manly Warringah 8 (105.25%), 6 Blacktown City 5 (90.81%), 7 Ku-ring-gai 5 (87.75%), 8 Liverpool City 4 (104.31%), 9 Hunter Netball 3 (88.42%), 10 Inner West 0 (56.27%)

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