By Michael Roberts | posted on September 3, 2020
NARRIKUP have locked in third position on the Albany Netball Association A1 ladder after two dominant wins over lower-placed rivals.
In a super weekend of netball, where both Round 8 and 9 were held on consecutive days, Narrikup defeated a plucky Kangas outfit by eight points on Saturday.
They then backed it up with a 15-point victory over last-placed Magpies on Sunday.
With one round to go in the home and away season, Narrikup have put themselves in a strong position to remedy a disappointing end to the 2019 season.
Narrikup finished second on the ladder last year but couldn’t win any of their finals as they lost to eventual grand finalists Royals and Magpies in successive games.
Narrikup Coach Lisa O’Farrell would have been pleased with the way her team were able to go back-to-back on the weekend, and can now focus on getting the side ready for this year’s finals series.
Settling the better of the two sides on Saturday, Narrikup were deadly in front of goal as they opened up an eight-point lead over Kangas at half-time.
It was much of the same in the third quarter as Narrikup extended the margin to 10 goals early in the third term courtesy of some brilliant attacking play from the likes of Casey Greay and Ella Scamozzi.
A spirited Kangas team didn’t give up all game, and even ended up winning the third quarter by a point.
But Narrikup were just that little bit cleaner with their skills as they held out for a 52-44 triumph.
In the remaining Round 8 and 9 fixtures, Royals continued their quest for an unbeaten year after pulling off 17 and 8-point victories over Grammar and Kangas respectively.
Meanwhile, second-placed Railways secured an eight goal win over bottom-placed Magpies.
After making the 2019 Grand Final, Denmark have only been able to manage one win in 2020.
Looking ahead to this weekend’s fixtures, a top-of-the-table clash between Railways and Royals could decide who finishes the home-and-away season in pole position.
Railways will be out for revenge after suffering their only loss of the season to Royals in Round 5.