Wakatipu High takes con­trol

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA FEATURES - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

A strong Wakatipu High School A team steam­rolled Queen­stown stal­warts Chicos/ABL in the third quar­ter to claim the Wakatipu Net­ball pre­mier cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond year on Satur­day.

Wakatipu Net­ball Cen­tre pres­i­dent and coach of the Chicos/ABL team Kay O’Con­nell said the ma­jor­ity of the high school team were year 13 play­ers who had come through the com­pe­ti­tion as an age group.

‘‘We’re get­ting old . . . and it’s just their time,’’ she said.

Af­ter the first quar­ter there was just two points be­tween the teams and that re­mained the same in the sec­ond. How­ever, the high school team took off in the third, fin­ish­ing it ahead 26-15.

‘‘Chicos ac­tu­ally won the last quar­ter, which was in­ter­est­ing as the high school team are pretty fit.’’

Also work­ing in the high school team’s favour was the fact that their coaches Lisa Murphy and Sher­rie Gw­erder were play­ing against them.

With only four teams in the pre­mier grade it was dif­fi­cult to find more com­pe­ti­tion and the ad­di­tion of a coun­try-wide round of com­pe­ti­tion with Wanaka and Alexan­dra-based teams this sea­son had been a bonus for all teams.

The high school play­ers would now move to rep­re­sen­ta­tive teams and age group com­pe­ti­tions while the MVPs for the sea­son and other awards would be given out at the end of sea­son din­ner on Au­gust 16.

In other fi­nals on Satur­day, Wakatipu High School B beat Har­courts 24-17 to win the Se­nior A fi­nal; and Wakatipu HS’s devel­op­ment B beat the high school’s 9B 17-15 to win the Se­nior B fi­nal.

Photo: JAMES AL­LAN

It’s mine: Chicos/ABL Tracee Har­ris faces off with Wakatipu High School GD Monique Lynes.

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