Exciting clashes to end round two
Story by: Jonathan McKoeown - Nelson Mail - Photo by: Chris Symes - Shuttersport
As round two of Nelson Netball's premier competition comes to a close the action only intensifies with some mouth-watering match-ups scheduled for Saxton Stadium tomorrow night.
The top two teams play-off for round two honours in a battle for bragging rights and it is all topped off by a relegation-tipped college contest.
On court one at 6pm the two unbeaten teams of the round meet, but more is at stake as Jacks OPD Richmond face Richmond Robbies Bar & Bistro.
Vital Tasman Trophy points are at stake as both sides look to cement a top-four spot and seeding means a great deal.
The corresponding round one fixture saw Jacks take the round one Meadow Fresh Trophy in convincing style with a 60-45 victory and on form Jacks should come through on top again. Although, several of Richmond's top players have been involved in rep basketball this week and that may have lit a competitive fire inside of the defending champs.
Over on court two Prices Pharmacy A take on Stoke NBS with both teams coming off a loss. It is unclear who will have the most desire for a win this week as their previous losses came in contrasting styles.
Stoke were beaten by a slim margin in a testing match against Waimea College.
They were by no means happy with their performance and will be looking to atone for a loss that cut pretty close to the bone. On the other hand Prices were fairly pleased with their performance in a 14-goal loss to Jacks so it seems they are after more of the same. You would only hope they want to post a win this time around.
The late match is certainly one to stick around for as relegation will become a reality for either Waimea College Senior A or Nelson College for Girls A. Waimea are in the box seat after last week's win against Stoke, but all is not lost as a 29-point victory would keep Nelson in the top grade.
The two squads met in the Geraldine Hodgson pre-season club tournament before the top teams were finalised with Nelson taking the win, so the psychological edge might be with Nelson. However, despite the relegation shadow and a warmup tournament, this is the top college game on the calendar and victory is everything.