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Quest repeat as JISA/Tastee netball champions

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Quest Prep defended their JISA/Tastee netball title when they staved off the challenge of former champions Hydel Prep 17-10 at the Leila Robinson Courts on Tuesday.

The champions were tested in the first quarter as they ended tied at 3-3 with a determined Hydel team.

Quest then took control of the game in the second quarter when they held Hydel scoreless while dropping in four goals of their own to lead 7-4 at the halfway stage. The twin towers of Justina Butler and Shauana-Kay Dacas dominated their shorter opponents in the second quarter push.

Hydel made another push in the third quarter, but were still outgunned 4-3 as Quest inched further ahead the lead 11-6 with one quarter to go.

The Doreen Chambers-coached team then put the icing on the cake, winning the fourth quarter 6-4 to win by a total of 7 points to add the league title to the rally title won on the opening day of the season.

For Chambers, the win was an expected one based on the talent she had at her disposal.

“After the girls broke the nervousness they realised that they could handle the challenge of Hydel. I have a disciplined set of girls who I teach the game individually. I teach them how to play every position and how to use the court. It's not just learning netball, but how to play netball,” she insisted.

“I use the same formula over the years and it has worked, so I will continue to use the formula and see where it takes me,” Chambers explained.

Vaz Prep won the third place play-off game when they saw off a relentless Alvernia Prep in the day's opening game. Vaz shot off to a comfortable 6-1 first-quarter lead led by Jounee Armstrong who had all six goals. However, Alvernia turned the tables in the second quarter, winning it 4-2 to close the gap to 8-6 at half-time as Jodi Graham and Jessica Francis found their range.

Riding on the confidence gained from the second quarter, Alvernia continued to pressure their opponents and after a low-scoring third quarter had cut the lead to just one at 9-8.

Only five goals were scored in the final quarter, but it was Vaz who had the advantage as they edged the final stanza 3-2 to win the match 12-10.

In the battle of the high schools, Distinction College overcame Quality Academics 19-13. Distinction took the early lead at 6-4 at the end of the first quarter, but were held 4-4 in the second quarter as they went in with a 10-8 lead at the half.

The intense battle continued in the third quarter with Distinction edging a little further ahead at 13-10, before finally getting some breathing room in the fourth quarter as they pulled away to register a comfortable win in the end.

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