Cranbrook 2 had the rare opportunity to play a game in Mt Barker when they faced Kangas 18 in round 10 of the Albany Netball Association D2 division last Saturday.
It was a strong start by Kangas in the first quarter as they opened up a four-goal lead, with shooters Ebony Boccamazzo and Kaylee Arthur moving well together in the goal circle.
Centre Ebony Clarke worked it down the court with her excellent leading and strong arm, launching passes to her Cranbrook teammates, but they were only able to score one goal in the first term.
In the second quarter, Cranbrook fought back and forced three seconds on Kangas on a number of occasions.
Great rebounding from shooters Clarke and Abbey Tomlinson helped Cranbrook get back into the game.
Both teams’ shooters were on song and Kangas’ Matilda Richardson’s drives into the circle were excellent, as was an impressive long shot by Josephina Wasiun.
In the final quarter Cranbrook’s defence was strong led by sisters Destiny and Amber-Rose Taitapanui as they outscored Kangas four goals to two.
Kangas goal defence Bree Mustey also deserves a mention for her clean intercepts and eye for the ball.
The determination from both teams with pressure down the court was excellent but Kangas’ movement, leads and accurate passing kept them firmly in front as they went on to win 20-12.
In other D2 games on Saturday, Royals Saints 10 won a thriller over Narrikup 13, 23-21, while Narrikup 12 were big 34-7 winners against Grammar 15.