A healthy crowd converged in Wagin on the weekend as second-placed Pingelly took on ladder leaders Wagin in the Narrogin & Districts Netball Association A1 competition.
Spectators were treated to a highly skilful and fast-paced game with some incredible shooting from both teams as Wagin edged out Pingelly, 54-47.
Pingelly were out for redemption, with Wagin emerging as victors in their last two head-to-head encounters.
Wagin set the pace within the first few minutes, collecting multiple intercepts and converting on the scoreboard.
However, Pingelly never let them get too far ahead and fought back in the second half of the first quarter to get within two goals, but Wagin persisted to lead by four goals at the first break.
The second quarter remained very similar to the first, with outstanding shooting from Pingelly’s Chelsey Mulcahy and Wagin pair Courtney Webb and Marli Spooner.
Wagin mid-court star Felice Pocock feeding the shooters to form an unstoppable combination at times.
The home side’s defence was also rock-solid with the return of Ata Elliot to complement both Faith McNab and Wynta Kapene and there were some excellent aerial intercepts and challenges.
However, once in the goals, Mulcahy and Leanne Watts were extremely accurate and they matched Wagin with 14 second-quarter goals to trail by four at half-time.
The third quarter was also tightly contested, and the combination of Whitney Watkins and Lee Jennings in defence provided a greater challenge for the Wagin shooters.
But Wagin’s whole court pressure, impeccable passing and accurate long shots across the entire game helped them emerge as seven goal victors to remain in top spot.
The friendly banter and level of respect among the two teams makes each one of their games absolutely fantastic and worth watching. Mulcahy, Webb and Pocock were named the best on court.
In the other A1 fixture Cuballing emerged victorious by nine goals over Williams.