Manjimup Netball Association: Magpies defeat Magic in the opening game of the 2023 season

Melissa Pedelty & Shannon VerhagenManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Magic's Caitlyn Wheatley takes a shot on goal.
Camera IconMagic's Caitlyn Wheatley takes a shot on goal. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Keen netballers from across the Lower South West dusted off their uniforms on Monday night for the opening round of the Manjimup Netball Association’s 2023 season.

Taking to the courts at Manjimup Indoor Sports Pavilion, a hotly contested match between Senior Women Pool 1 sides Magic and the Magpies ensued, the fierce competition making for a great season starter.

Magic's Kiara Little.
Camera IconMagic's Kiara Little. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Magic put the ball through the ring first, but an immediate response from the Magpies had the two teams go goal for goal in a fast paced first quarter, with Magpies up 16-12 by the whistle.

They managed to stretch their four-goal lead out to five during the second term (29-24), with incredible shooting accuracy from Bec Muir and Tayla East.

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Magpie's Tayla East takes a shot on goal.
Camera IconMagpie's Tayla East takes a shot on goal. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The third quarter was an incredible display of athleticism and shooting accuracy from both sides.

However, a quick position change for Magic due to injury saw the Magpies capitalise on the changes, increasing the margin to double figures, ending the quarter 42-32.

Despite their best efforts, Magic could not close the gap, with the Magpies notching their first win of the season 58-40.

Magpie's defence was strong.
Camera IconMagpie's defence was strong. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

In the other Pool 1 game, Vixens defeated SWE 35-24, while in Pool 2’s close games, Cosmos got a two-goal win over the Globetrotters (28-26) and the Tigers beat the Independents 35-32.

Next week’s fixtures:

Monday Senior Women Pool 1: Magic v Vixens (6pm) and Magpies v SWE (7:15pm)

Monday Senior Women Pool 2: Globe v independents (6pm) and Cosmos v Tigers (7:15pm)

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