College make final in last-minute thriller

Emotional scenes played out on the College A bench, and in the crowd, in the dying stages of their semi-final win over United A.
Photo Erin Tasker


College A and Celtic A will contest the 2019 Mid Canterbury Netball premier one final after both won close, but vastly different semi-finals at the EA Networks Centre on Thursday night.

Top-of-the-table College A took on fourth ranked United A in the night’s first semi-final and although the underdog United side led for much of the match, the young competition favourites came through when it mattered, just edging ahead in the dying stages to take it out 38-37.

The two versus three semi-final then pitted the defending champions Celtic A against a Hampstead A side they’d lost to in the season’s third and final championship round, and while it wasn’t the best performance of the season by either side, Celtic A held on to take it out 24-22 to secure the second spot in next Saturday’s final.

In the night’s other premier one match, Methven A’s disappointing season came to a close with their second loss to Mt Somers, 28-25 in the play-off for fifth.

Meanwhile, in the premier two semi-finals, top qualifiers Celtic B took on College B and came away with a 36-27 win.

They’d now go on to face Southern A in the premier two final, after the Southern girls came through to beat Methven B 35-22 in the other semi-final.

In the premier two play-off for fifth, Hampstead B just beat Celtic C 36-34.