Eastwood Ryde Hawks have become the first team in the 2018 Netball NSW State Premier League to best Central Coast, with a major second-half haul confirming Heart’s 49-66 defeat.
Heart opened the lofty first-vs-second contest with a 12-11 lead in the first quarter, but the one-goal margin wasn’t enough for the first placed squad as they stumbled in the late game at the Genea Netball Centre.
The Hawks took control with a three goal lead at the half-time break, and two 19 goal quarters to close out the match saw Eastwood Ryde stretch their lead to a commanding 17-goal margin by the final whistle.
The defeat doesn’t shift Heart off the top of the table, but brings the Hawks level with the coastal club on 12 points. Central Coast currently lead on goal percentage (18.38% against 16.54%).
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Elsewhere in the Premier League, GWS Fury were also defeated, with Victoria Aoake’s outfit slipping against the Sutherland Stingrays, 34-44.
Sabina Gomboso and North Shore United collected another valuable victory however, moving level with GWS and Sutherland with the 64-55 win over UTS Sparks.
In the under 20s competition, Central Coast blew the Hawks off the court, 54-39, to move into fifth place – just two points off a finals position.
North Shore United’s development team played out a thrilling 53-all draw against UTS to stay four points clear in first, while Fury’s under 20s beat the Stingrays by three, 43-40.
OPENS TABLE: Central Coast, ERNA (12), GWS, Sutherland, North Shore (8), Manly Warringah (6), UTS (2), Panthers (0).