Manukura Black bring it home late against Rāhui in club netball


Rāhui’s Maila Muliaga, left, grabs for a loose ball while being watched by Madison Thomas, from Manukura Black.

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Rāhui’s Maila Muliaga, left, grabs for a loose ball while being watched by Madison Thomas, from Manukura Black.

NETBALL: Manukura Black have picked up their first win of the season by outlasting Rāhui 54-46 in the latest round of the Manawatū club competition.

The game at the Arena, Palmerston North, on Tuesday was close until the final quarter, where the fit young Manukura side pulled away to seal the win.

After Manukura took an early lead, Rāhui came back into the game, cutting a 26-21 halftime deficit down to 36-34 after three quarters.

But Manukura won the final spell 18-12 to keep Rāhui at bay.

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Pypah​ Hailwood did most of the scoring for Manukura, slotting 34 goals from 39 attempts.

Sia Muliaga shot 28 from 31 for Rāhui.

Manukura Red put in another strong performance in a 71-43 win over Feilding A1.

The game was played at a fast pace until Manukura took control and started to blow out the score.

Manukura led 32-20 at halftime and kept going after the break.

Feilding’s main shooter was Kara Adrole, who sunk 22 from 26. Manukura’s best shooter was Diaz Tepania-Strickland, with 26 from 31.

Massey A1 had a massive 71-21 win over Palmerston North Girls’ High School.

Massey were too strong and dominated from the first quarter, keeping Girls’ High to just two goals in the first spell, and led 33-10 at halftime.

The students scored 22 goals in the third quarter to Girls’ High’s two.

Emily Autagavaia shot 35 from 45 for Massey, while for Girls’ High Emily William shot 17 from 21.

In the premier reserve competition, Kia Toa beat Feilding A2 41-40, Feilding Reserves beat Rāhui Reserves 47-40 and College Old Girls won 57-49 over Massey A2.

Next week’s draw:

Premier: Feilding A1 v Massey A1, 6pm; Manukura Red v Rāhui, 6pm; Manukura Black v Girls’ High, 7.40pm.

Premier reserve: Rāhui Reserves v COG, 6pm; Feilding A2 v Feilding Reserves, 7.40pm; Massey A2 v Kia Toa, 7.40pm.

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