Mystified is showing the way to play in Bathurst netball action

READY TO FIRE: Caitlyn Matthews lines up a shot for Collegians in their Bathurst District Netball game against Mana on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
READY TO FIRE: Caitlyn Matthews lines up a shot for Collegians in their Bathurst District Netball game against Mana on Saturday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

COLLEGIANS Mystified have almost certainly locked in a Bathurst Netball Association minor premiership following a strong win over Mana in A grade action on Saturday.

Mystified dominated from the outset and won all quarters to record a 48-23 win over Mana.

Collegians coach Melissa Noonan said it was great to see her team play a cohesive game over four quarters against a Mana team not short on fighting qualities.

“Mana have have a new defender in their team in the form of Claire Rodgers and that’s definitely boosted them at the defensive end. The team are playing some nice netball,” she said.

“Michael [Germech, Mana coach] has been working on their connections and you could see the speed of ball from them.”

Collegians had bested Mana 62-32 the last time they’d met and Mystified went into the game as raging favourites to maintain their number one position on the ladder.

“We were always on top and got the bonus points for every quarter, which is always nice,” Noonan said.

“I don’t think at this point we’ll come off the top of the ladder. I think it’ll take something drastic to knock us off from there.

“The focus is on finals. While it’s nice to be up there, there’s only one aim now. We’ve worked on a few new things that we’re going to save up for finals time.”

Collegians remains two points clear of Panthers, which is almost certain to be the major semi-final matchup in three weeks’ time.

Panthers had a 38-24 win over fellow finals-bound side Bulldogs Verdelho.

All Saints’ College have gone a long way towards avoiding the wooden spoon thanks to their comprehensive 53-27 win over the CSU Thunder.

ASC had been showing promise against a couple of the competition’s strong outfits over their last few matches and their efforts paid off on Saturday with what was by far their biggest points haul of the season to date.

The All Saints’ side will face a big test next round against Panthers. Collegians will play Bulldogs while Mana come up against CSU Thunder.