The Spacecat ladies started the day against Macquarie strong, with Emma Bailey quickly scoring beside the posts followed by a kick from Claire Barber. The next set saw strong runs from Demi Winter, Codie Wakefield, Emma Bailey, Sam Cox and on the last Katie Caldwell kicked and chased to tag Macquarie in goal. Pressure from Parkes created an opening for Emma Bailey to get her second with another successful kick from Claire Barber.
Macquarie restarted with a kick to Elisha Naqua and a catch on the full followed by a great run by Sarah McAneney. Quick hands got the ball to Katie Caldwell who scored the Spacecats’ third and Claire Barbers third conversion. Again Macquarie started with a kick straight into Elisha Naqua’s hands, passed to Katie Caldwell who dashed 45m to score her fourth with a fourth kick from Claire. Codie Wakefield worked hard not to allow Macquarie any ground, tagging 5 girls in a row from marker position. Demi Winter scored another try for Parkes which took the half time score to Parkes 28 Macquarie 0.
The second half saw Emma Bailey score a quick try with Claire adding 2. Macquarie get the ball in the next set and are hungry for a try but excellent defence from Parkes deny them. An overzealous kick from Macquarie allows Emma Bailey to run and score her fourth try with an on form Claire adding the 2. Captain Hannah Kelly worked hard all game and scored out wide through a sleeping Macquarie defence. The final try of the game went to Demi Winter taking the final score to an impressive Parkes 56 Macquarie 0.
Macquarie kicked to begin the game and Josh Amberge worked hard to make it out of goal. With a lot of ground made Jye Dillon kicked and scored in the opening minutes, James Goonrey with a kick right in front. Jay Slavin made a run in the next set but Macquarie began to make ground until a crash tackle from Jacob Smede. Jye Dillon goes over for his second after a few errors from Macquarie and effort from Billy Porter, Bailey Jones and Stephen Purcell.
A bad bounce from Macquarie sees Jacob Smede make a 30 metre run and Josh Amberge goes over for the spacemen’s 3rd, resulting in a 16-0 lead for Parkes.
Great chase and a big hits from Bailey Jones, Wilbur Smith, Jye Dillon, Jay Slavin and James Goonrey. Josh Amberge took off down the sideline and managed to stay in with great footwork while Jia Hoe made a run and got hit hard. A penalty was awarded and Ethan Richards pumped his legs to get Zac Gordon within centimetres of the line.
On the last James Goonrey toed the ball to Macquarie and with an error Parkes got it back and out to Jay Slavin and over he went to give James Goonrey a kick in front, taking the half time score to Parkes 22 Macquarie 0.
Macquarie opened the second half with a try and successful conversion. Toby Clarke saved the day with a great tackle after Macquarie intercepted and Ethan Richards and Zac Gordon both make big runs but with no reward. The junior Spacemen begin to tire and Macquarie gain advantage, scoring their third try. On the kick Parkes find some energy and get within 10 metres but fail to get over the line. Ethan Richards gets a loose ball and uses his legs to gain an extra 10. Macquarie strip the ball to give away a penalty right in front and Parkes opt for a kick to end the game, making the final score Parkes 24 Macquarie 16.
A beautiful Saturday morning was the setting for the first round of junior netball. There is now an extra team in the Super 8’s division, the Butterfly’s will play their first game tomorrow. Just a reminder that NetSetGo will begin on 21st may for all players aged under 7, if you have not yet registered pleased head down to the courts on Saturday and see Jenny Ryan. Remember that Parkes and District netball association will be holding their annual general meeting next Monday 16th May at the Parkes Services Club at 7pm. Each team is to send a representative for one bonus competition point.