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Hunter Netball: Metro side earning plenty of admiration

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There’s something building nicely for the future of Hunter Netball in the Netball NSW Dooleys Metro League.

After back-to-back victories over Inner West (44-36) and Ku-ring-gai (40-31), the Lexi Unicomb-coached squad gave the fifth-placed Liverpool City a mighty scare at Netball Central during the week.

In the end, the western suburbs outfit hung on to prevail 48-42.

Photo: Steve Fidock

But, the local girls are starting to draw plenty of attention – and respect – in the Sydney-based competition.

The hosts started strongly, leading 16-9 at the end of the opening quarter.

By half-time, Liverpool City led 27-21 and extended that margin to 40-28 over the next 15-minute period.

However, Hunter Netball refused to surrender, piling on 14 goals to eight in the final term to narrowly lose by six.

Unicomb was pleased with the never-say-die attitude.

“It was another very physical game against Liverpool City on Monday night… it always is,” she said.

“We did well to hold them during the match and won the second and fourth quarters by quite a large amount.

“At times, the momentum went all our way.

“So, we did well to capitalise on that.

“During these periods, our goals and game plan was executed brilliantly.

Photo: Steve Fidock

“But, there are still things to work on.

“We need to maintain our intensity and carry out the game plan for a full 60 minutes.

“Overall, their fight and hunger were very impressive during the last quarter.

“It’s something they should be very proud of.

“We hope to continue that form and allow it to develop into a full four-quarter performance over the last few games.”

Netball NSW Dooleys Metro League

Round 15 results:

  • Liverpool City d Hunter Netball 48-42
  • Northern Suburbs d St George District forfeit
  • Manly Warringah d Camden & District 45-44
  • Randwick d Blacktown City 41-40
  • Inner West d Ku-ring-gai 37-34

Round 16 draw:

(Wednesday 9 August)

  • 8.30pm: court 1, Hunter Netball v Manly Warringah
  • 8.30pm: court 2, Inner West v Liverpool City
  • 8.30pm: court 3, Ku-ring-gai v Blacktown City
  • 8.30pm: court 5, Camden & District v Northern Suburbs
  • 8.30pm: show court, St George District v Randwick
  • Ladder: 1 Camden & District 25 points (128.19%), 2 Randwick 23 (130.02%), 3 Manly Warringah 21 (114.51%), 4 Northern Suburbs 20 (112.67%), 5 Liverpool City 16 (108.08%), 6 St George District 14 (98.38%), 7 Ku-ring-gai 11 (91.92%), 8 Blacktown City 9 (89.80%), 9 Hunter Netball 7 (81.86%), 10 Inner West 4 (60.08%)

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