Netball / Premier League: Jerusalem Mercaz Wins Derby, Claims First Place

Katamon beats Ra’anana to keep pace in the standings.

Tal Segev

Jerusalem Mercaz leapfrogged into first place and claimed city bragging rights at the same time after defeating J-town 42-29 in the capital derby last Thursday.

The league standings reflect a close race as Mercaz moved past Ra’anana, which fell 41-35 against Katamon in the other match of the week. Mercaz has collected 17 points in four games off of a 3-1 record, while Ra’anana fell to 3-2 with 16 points. Katamon caught up to Ra’anana in points with the victory, while matching Mercaz with a 3-1 record.

J-town remained in fifth place on 10 points with 1-4 record, five points behind idle Tel Aviv.

Mercaz led 10-6 after the first quarter and steadily expanded its lead through the next quarters with margins of 21-11 and 32-17. J-town made the game a little more respectable in the final period.

In the Ra’anana-Katamon match, Ra’anana actually held a slight 10-9 edge after the first quarter. However, Katamon moved ahead by two points by halftime. Katamon made the margin a little more comfortable in the third quarter, outscoring Ra’anana 11-8, and stretched its advantage by another point for the final score.