House of Travel Nelson Netball Centre Premier game: Richmond F45 vs Stoke NBS, played at Saxton Stadium, 44-44.
Stoke scored on their first centre pass and then Richmond F45 put their foot down for the next two quarters. Great pressure from Richmond’s defence Kat Jones & Sarah Steel brought about unforced errors which they managed to capitalise quickly with a commanding 11 – 5 lead at the first break. Shooters Belinda Koloamatangi and Jelena Vucinic had 18 attempts compared to Stoke’s nine.
Stoke brought their tall goal shoot Megan Thomson into the second quarter with a 15 – 23 score at half-time.
The start of the 3rd quarter saw Stoke NBS fired up and Richmond F45 allowed Stoke to scored seven unanswered goals to come within one of Richmond, Richmond scored three, before Stoke scored another five unanswered.Both teams scoring on their own next three centre passes with a 30 – 29 going into the final period.
The last quarter was a nail-biter with both teams working hard to stay in control and push through. Richmond F45 would have to be happy with their increased shooting accuracy, however, they would like to string together a solid four quarters and keep that consistent throughout the game. Stoke, on the other hand, would be relieved that they snuck home with a draw. Richmond’s circle defenders Kat Jones and Sarah Steele were rock solid and had very few contacts/obstructions against their name. Lisa Book offered the stability through court and she toiled to deliver good ball to her shooters.

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