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Gunners remain unbeaten – The Namibian

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MIGHTY Gunners opened up a three-point lead at the top of the MTC Netball Premier League log after collecting two victories over the weekend.

Their closest rivals and defending champions Namibia Correctional Services

lost points but remain second on the log, while Tigers and Namibian Navy collected maximum points to move into third and fourth places respectively on the log.

In Grootfontein, Mighty Gunners recorded two comfortable victories against Otjozondjupa Nampol and Grootfontein.

Against Nampol they led 13-8 by the first quarter, 25-13 by the second, and 40-19 by the third, before cruising to a 58-24 victory.

Against Grootfontein, they led 11-8, 26-18 and 36-28, before winning the match 48-37.

That saw them remaining unbeaten in the league with 17 wins from 17 matches, to top the log on 34 points and a huge points aggregate of +419.

Second-placed NCS dropped points in the title race when they suffered a 42-38 defeat to Tigers.

Tigers took the early lead, going 15-9 ahead by the first quarter and 23-18 by the second, but NCS remained in touch and by the end of the third were only 33-28 behind.

They came back strongly in the final quarter, but Tigers had done enough to hold on for a 42-38 victory.

NCS, however, beat Afrocat Lions 47-38 to remain second on the log on 31 points.

They led 12-7, 26-22 and 37-31 by the end of the first three quarters.

Tigers collected a second victory against Afrocat Lions, winning 47-31.

The Lions won the first quarter 10-8, but Tigers took a 20-17 lead by the second quarter and 31-24 by the third, before running out comfortable winners.

That maximum points haul saw Tigers moving up one place to fourth on the log on 24 points – well behind the leaders Mighty Gunners, although they have some games in hand.

Namibian Navy remain third on the log on 30 points after winning their two coastal derbies against Blue Waters (62-25) and Eleven Arrows (57-33).

Against Blue Waters they led 17-9, 30-17 and 43-22 by the end of the first three quarters, while they led 15-6, 32-13, 45-20 against Eleven Arrows.

In the final coastal derby, Arrows beat Blue Waters 41-29.

Blue Waters led 5-3 by the end of the first quarter but Arrows went 16-11 ahead by the second and 24-19 by the third before completing a comfortable win.

Both Arrows and Blue Waters are, however, well down the log with Arrows lying seventh on 12 points and Blue Waters 10th on six points.

In the final match of the weekend, Otjozondjupa Nampol beat Grootfontein 48-37 at Otjiwarongo, after leading 11-8, 26-18 and 36-28 by the end of the first three quarters.

Otjozondjupa Nampol are sixth on the log on 21 points, while Grootfontein are 11th on six points.



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