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.