Zambrero Premier League

The first Zambrero Premier League match of the year saw both St Lukes Health Karana and Glendon Kingston Blues stuggle with a slow start. Karana took an early hit with Kelly Dixon going down with a knee injury during the first quarter. Being 6-6 at quarter time, Karana took the opportunity in the second quarter to take the lead with Gennaveve Sullivan getting hands to the ball throughout the court. This didn’t stop Kingston’s defence end of Emily Handley, Emily-Kate Garvey and Jen Hanlon putting in the hard work but Kingston struggled to covert intercepts into goals. Olivia McGow worked hard throughout the midcourt for Kingston, but Nicole Terry and Sarah Cranwell combined well to wear down the attack. Throughout the final quarter, Karana continued to improve on their signature quick ball movement with Kingston struggling to keep up taking the final score to 40-18. Player of the match was awarded to Gennaveve Sullivan.

At 7:40pm Wrest Point OHA returned to the Premier League competition when they came up against Cripps Waratah. Cripps started strong and it was evident that they felt comfortable playing together with Kate Archer and Ellie Grace fitting in seamlessly to the line-up. The first quarter ended with Cripps taking a strong 16 – 5 lead. Cripps’ dominance continued throughout the second quarter with Hannah Fazackerley and Zoie Crawford applying plenty of pressure and forcing OHA into mistakes. The second quarter saw Cripps extend their lead further to 31-10. OHA’s teamwork improved throughout the second half with sharp ball movement that was effective, but inconsistent. An erratic pace from both sides saw the game become more competitive but Cripps ran out eventual victors 57-34. Hannah Fazackerley was named player of the match.