One Tree Hill Col­lege gains net­ball rep­u­ta­tion


One Tree Hill Col­lege is quickly es­tab­lish­ing it­self as a strong net­ball school.

Its teams have risen up the di­vi­sion ranks, their most re­cent suc­cess be­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion into Pre­mier 1 grade at the Auck­land Net­ball Cen­tre.

Their pre­mier side also won the B Grade at the Up­per North Is­land Sec­ondary School Tour­na­ment. This means they qual­ify for the A Grade next year and have an op­por­tu­nity to qual­ify for the NZ Sec­ondary School Net­ball Cham­pi­onship.

The col­lege’s sports di­rec­tor Brian Faunt says they have built a solid net­ball pro­gramme over the past three years.

‘‘Our Net­ball Academy al­lows our top year 9 and 10 play­ers to take net­ball as a sub­ject. They cover all as­pects of the game in­clud­ing fit­ness, nu­tri­tion, goal set­ting, and both in­di­vid­ual and team of­fence and de­fen­sive strate­gies.’’

It also helps to have for­mer Sil­ver Fern Leonie Leaver as a coach for the past two sea­sons.

‘‘We have an ex­cel­lent group of coaches over­see­ing our teams and our se­nior stu­dents do a fan­tas­tic job coach­ing the ju­nior grades,’’ Faunt says. ’’Our year 9A team won their grade and beat many of the tra­di­tion­ally strong net­ball schools in­clud­ing Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School and St Kentigerns Col­lege. We are now known as a strong net­ball school.’’


One Tree Hill Col­lege qual­i­fied for the Pre­mier 1 net­ball grade this sea­son, the first time in a num­ber of years.

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