Celtic goal shoot Grace Southey lining up a shot as Carterton defender Sinead Namana looks on in the premier one match on Saturday. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV
Carterton showed they are genuine title contenders in their Netball Wairarapa premier one game against defending champions Celtic on Saturday.
Carterton weren’t at full strength for the clash, but it didn’t stop them from putting on an impressive display as they held on for a narrow 53-50 win.
The game was played at a frantic pace and it was clear from the outset the teams were evenly matched.
The shooters for both teams were in sublime form in the opening two quarters but it was Carterton who looked more fluid on attack.
Co-captain Abby Scott made her mark at centre before switching positions and moving into the shooting circle, and there were plenty of other willing contributors as Carterton moved into outright second on the table.
The two teams were tied before Saturday’s match, but Carterton now sit just behind the unbeaten Harcourts team.
Harcourts extended their unbeaten streak to five matches with a convincing 58-32 win over Wairarapa College A on Friday night, while Gladstone were comfortable 51-25 winners over St Matthew’s Collegiate A.
It was a brave effort from St Matthew’s who had five of their starting seven out injured.
This week’s action is the start of the second round of matches, and it will have Gladstone taking on Celtic and St Matthew’s playing Harcourts.
Carterton’s match with Waicol A has been deferred.