Male net­ballers pre­pare for na­tional champs


The Queen­stown-based men’s net­ball team lost to their Otago neme­sis in the fi­nal of a home tour­na­ment on the week­end.

Coach Di Grif­fiths said the Maxraft Men’s team was ear­lier de­lighted to beat Otago in the round robin part of the com­pe­ti­tion, 32-20.

‘‘We’ve been do­ing this for about ten years now and it was the first time we beat Otago. It was great.’’

How­ever, it came up against Otago in the fi­nals of the fourteam com­pe­ti­tion, los­ing 28-24.

‘‘We played so well we made them make changes, which was awe­some,’’ she said.

The team’s shoot­ers Cal­lum O’Con­nell and high school stu­dent Cooper Neil­son showed good form while goal keeper Mal­colm Sal­ter played ‘‘out of his skin’’.

The team was now fo­cused on pre­par­ing a squad of 10 to 12 play­ers for the men’s na­tional cham­pi­onships in In­ver­cargill, in Septem­ber. The last time they com­peted at the na­tion­als was about five years ago when they were run­ner-up in the B grade.

Grif­fiths said the men were un­beaten in the Queen­stown­based Satur­day net­ball com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son against fe­male teams.

She en­joyed their fast style: ‘‘But it’s a chal­lenge to teach guys some­thing they think they al­ready know.’’

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