Tenth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle for Uni Premier

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Judy Mac­don­ald

Re­sults

1 vs 2: Uni Premier 61, Verdettes Marist Old Girls 46

3 vs 4: FTNC Premier 78, Not­ting­ham Cas­tle Rangers 35 5 vs 6: St Peter’s Cam­bridge Open A 68, FTNC Premier Re­serves 42 7 vs 8: Verdettes Marist Premier vs Waikato Dioce­san Open A (De­fault)

Uni Premier can now say that they have been the win­ners of the Trust Waikato Hamil­ton City Net­ball Cen­tre In­door Premier com­pe­ti­tion for a decade.

On Thurs­day, 30 Au­gust they won the fi­nal, and this was their 10th con­sec­u­tive year win­ning the ti­tle, an ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

This was the third time in five weeks that Uni Premier and Verdettes Marist Old Girls had played each other.

The pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters had ended in a draw and a win to Verdettes Marist Old Girls, so ex­pec­ta­tions were high for a nail­biter of a fi­nal.

The fi­nal was played at the Peak, Ro­to­tuna with a very large num­ber of spec­ta­tors pre­sent and they were not dis­ap­pointed as it was a fiercely and tightly con­tested match for three quar­ters of the game.

Fol­low­ing a de­feat the last time th­ese two teams met Uni Premier be­gan with ag­gres­sion and drive and this saw them up by 11 goals at the end of the first quar­ter.

Jessie Taane and Fiesola Pua­mau in­ter­chang­ing be­tween goal at­tack and goal shooter played their best games of the sea­son shoot­ing at 88%.

They also moved well to find space with pre­ci­sion. Ge­or­gia Tong at goal keep did an out­stand­ing de­fen­sive job against the tall Marist shooter. The ball flowed well through court at speed by the mid courters who also feed some great ball into the shoot­ers.

The re­main­ing three quar­ters of the game were much closer with only two goals the dif­fer­ence in the sec­ond quar­ter, five goals dif­fer­ence the fi­nal quar­ter and Verdettes Marist Old Girls win­ning the third quar­ter by a goal.

The score did not re­flect how close this game was, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the third quar­ter. Un­for­tu­nately an in­jury to goal at­tack for Marist, Aroha Crom­bie to­wards the end of this quar­ter meant the team lost mo­men­tum but they did rally and played well for the re­main­der of the game.

For Verdettes Marist Old Girls Ten­nille Mc­don­ald at cen­tre for three quar­ters of the game along with Niki Crom­bie at wing at­tack for the sec­ond half in­jected some speed and fi­nesse through the mid court.

The de­fense also did a vol­ume of work but this was not al­ways able to be con­verted into goals. Verdettes Marist Old Girls ad­mit that a slow first quar­ter was in the main what cost them the game but over­all a great fi­nal and happy with their sea­son.

Uni Premier were stoked and very happy with the win. The Uni Premier team in­cluded four of the orig­i­nal mem­bers from the win­ning team ten years ago, in­clud­ing Re­becca Ga­bel as coach and play­ers Rachel Fabling, Jessie Taane and Na­talie Mourits.

Th­ese three play­ers were all on court for the start­ing lineup which is a real tes­ta­ment to the play­ers, the team and the Uni club.

Prior to the fi­nal be­ing played the re­main­ing six teams played off to de­ter­mine fi­nal rank­ings although rules for who played were re­laxed so some teams had play­ers play­ing up and from other teams. The games were played in good spirt by all in­volved. Over­all a great sea­son of net­ball.

Prize giv­ing was held at the end of the fi­nal and ac­knowl­edge­ment by Val Temm, Pres­i­dent of Trust Waikato Net­ball Cen­tre to the play­ers, coaches, staff, vol­un­teers, bench personnel and um­pires that al­lowed the com­pe­ti­tion to oc­cur which was of high cal­i­bre.

In­ter­me­di­ate fi­nals

Fi­nals for the Lodge Real Es­tate Year 7 and Year 8 Hamil­ton City Net­ball Cen­tre In­ter­me­di­ates com­pe­ti­tion was on Satur­day, Septem­ber 1.

They were the con­clu­sion of three grad­ing days, five com­pe­ti­tion round games and five cham­pi­onship rounds.

Some great games were played on a fine day. There was lots of spec­ta­tor sup­port for all games.

The re­sults were:

Year 8

Pool 1:

Pool 2: Pool 3: Pool 4: Pool 5: Pool 6: Pool 7:

Year 7/8 Pool 1:

Pool 2: Pool 3:

Year 7 Pool 1:

Pool 2: Pool 3: Pool 4: Pool 5:

Photo / Judy Mac­don­ald

Trust Waikato Hamil­ton City Net­ball Cen­tre In­door Premier win­ners Uni Premier.

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