Eyes are on the finals prize

THE finals race continues to heat up in the Rockhampton Netball Association Senior A Division 2005 season.

Competition frontrunners Runaways Diamonds, Wanderers and Buckaneers Blades all produced strong wins at Rockhampton's Jardine Park on Wednesday night.

The return of key defender Keanna Hopkins from representative duties helped steer Runaways to a commanding 52-23 victory against Brothers Crimson.

Hopkins, fresh from representing the Australian indigenous team at the Lion Foundation trans-Tasman Challenge in New Zealand, was one of many standouts for the in-form Runaways outfit.

Another team hitting form at the right time of the season are premiers Buckaneers.

The defending champions had a full-strength squad at their disposal in their 53-39 win over Pumas Midnight.

After scores were locked 21all at halftime, the Buckaneers attacking machine went on a shooting frenzy to race to a 10goal lead at the final break.

In the other game, a depleted Wanderers line-up still proved too strong for Angels Saints, winning 37-25.

Next week ? Buckaneers Blades v Brothers Magenta, Pumas Midnight v Wanderers, Angels Saints v Brothers Crimson, Runaways Diamonds bye. Points ? Runaways Diamonds 26, Wanderers 25, Buckaneers Blades 23, Pumas Midnight 18, Brothers Crimson 15, Brothers Magenta 15, Angels Saints 10.



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