After a near upset the week before against Ohaupo Premiers, after leading by 15 points, this week TAS Ecolab were not able to hold on and grind out the win, going down to a very energized and passionate Tumeke Netball Team 35-40.
The upset win of the round was well deserved by Tumeke, as they were competitively aggressive and fighting for everything throughout the court. The first quarter started as was expected with both teams trading goal for goal with the final quarter finishing with Ecolab up 10-8.
The 2nd quarter saw the introduction of TAS Ecolab captain Brittany Van den einden who missed last weeks game, but back into her preferred position of GD and it instantly built some momentum for TAS Ecolab combing with Elayna Crawford in creating turnovers for their attacking end.
Jazz Sutherland was in great form feeding the ball into their shooters Kayla To’angutu and Janene Parlane with Kate Bryant working hard on turnovers throughout the court. Momentum continued for TAS Ecolab as they finished the half leading 22-15.
After playing some great netball for the first half, TAS Ecolab then looked very out of sorts with their players and combinations in the attacking end becoming im-patient with each other and pressure started to creep in once again like the previous week.
They continued making alot of gains but would turn the ball straight back to Tumeke with a very high Error Rate. The Tumeke shooters were in outstanding form, shooting from all around the Attacking Circle and making TAS Ecolab pay for these turnovers and ended the 3rd quarter with TAS Ecolab down 28-30.
Mya Sunnex the youngest player in the Premier Reserve Grade, had an off day on Saturday compared to her normal standard and was given another opportunity in the 3rd quarter to rectify her 1st quarter performance but the aggressive nature of her opposites from Tumeke took a toll on the young up and coming player on this occasion.
Being down by 2 points heading into the final quarter, which is the first time in the Championship Round that TAS Ecolab have been in this situation, Coach Hyrum Sunnex and Coach Mark Sutherland had some stern words for their team, hoping that they would start working together instead of individually as it was very obvious that their combinations were not in sync with each other.
Unfortunately Tumeke shooters continued to make TAS Ecolab pay for their turnovers and shoot from all areas once again with very limited missed shots at goal. Everytime TAS Ecolab would get turnovers they would once again give it straight back to Tumeke.
Tumeke thoroughly deserved the Win today and that was evident with their cheers from their supporters and players once the final whistle went. With the playoffs looming in 2 weeks, TAS Ecolab will need to quickly fix up their high error rate if they are to make the Final of the Premier Reserve Competition in 3 weeks time.
Next up is COGS who were previously in the Thursday Night Premier Competition but dropped down after the Promotion Relegation round and have struggled throughout this round due to lack of numbers with Players unavailable for Saturday Games so have had to rely on their other lower teams to fill the numbers.
This should be an interesting game for TAS Ecolab and one not to take lightly. TAS Crowe Horwath also had another good win over TAS Red Red Red coming back from being down by 2 goals at the start of the 4th Quarter to win by 5 at the end and remain in contention to finishing on top of the table in A Grade with 1 week remaining in the regular season.