One week later after their worst display of netball for the season, TAS Ecolab came out firing with new enthusiasm and energy over COGS Blue in the last round of the regular season winning 46-23.
The first quarter was boosted by the return of Joanne Denton who has been unavailable the past few weeks due to work commitments. Denton made an immediate injection into the game, making multiple gains from WD.
The defensive unit of Brittany van den Einden, Elayna Crawford and Denton, were creating a lot of turnovers for their attacking end but unfortunately the timing was slightly off from the TAS feeders into their shooters and turned many of those gains back into errors. The first quarter ended with TAS Ecolab in the lead: 10-7.
2nd Quarter started with Kate and Sarah Bryant coming on and Denton moving back to GK with Crawford and Jazz Sutherland having a spell. Coach Hyrum Sunnex asked his players to “focus on their feeds into the shooting circle, be patient as the weather conditions was very difficult to play the high tempo game they were trying to play”. The team responded and they made less turnovers for this quarter going into the halftime break leading: 17-12.
COGS Blue shooting combination continued to keep the pressure on TAS Ecolab as their shooting percentages was very high, shooting from long range on many occasions without missing. In the third quarter there was a momentum shift midway through the quarter with COGS Blue getting within 1 goal of the lead, but unfortunately for COGS Blue, the momentum then shifted back into TAS Ecolab favour and the attack end started to fire ending the 3rd quarter with TAS Ecolab still leading: 28-19.
In TAS Ecolab previous two games it has been the final quarter that has seen their team lack the finishing touches to keep their momentum up, but this time around, they showed what they are capable of doing when they play as a team and have fun.
COGS Blue had no answer with the momentum and support from the TAS bench and side-lines in full force with positive encouragement right through the entire quarter. The TAS Ecolab shooters dominated the COGS Blue Defensive unit at will with Janene Parlane having her best game of the season combined with Kayla To’angutu throughout the game.
The Shooting end of COGS Blue hardly saw the ball in the final quarter, taking them close to 10 mins to get 2 goals and only ending the quarter with 4 goals in total. It was one way traffic from TAS Ecolab by winning the final quarter 18-4. The final quarter display from TAS Ecolab will give them great confidence moving into the Premier Reserve Semi-Finals next Saturday 13th August 2016 vs Ohaupo Prems.
In other results TAS Crowe Horwath who was playing in a top of the table clash in A Grade between COGS Luxe n Co, could not continue their winning streak and went down to COGS Luxe n Co on this occasion. TAS Crowe Horwath will play TAS Red Red Red in the Semi-finals next Saturday as well.
In what is a good result for the Te Awamutu Sports Netball club this season they will have their top 3 teams in the Major Semi-Finals for 2016.