The Matamata Swifts Ladies team walked away with the Waikato Plate recently after a nail biting final that went into overtime.
Coach Jonathan Crook said he really believed the girls deserved to win the plate.
‘‘They were a new team this year with the club having not fielded a ladies team last season, and they have a had a pretty tough season in the league.
‘‘ However their enthusiasm playing never waned.
‘‘They have continued to put the effort and commitment in and have improved this year. The girls put a lot of stock into their run in the plate and they were really looking forward
for to the final,’’ he said.
‘‘All the players gave it everything they had and to come from behind twice, and then to win the game in extra time was amazing.
‘‘It was a great final, a real roller coaster, and was a true spectacle to watch – if you could deal with the stress!’’
Mr Crook said he was proud of the way they supported each other and the attitude they retained all season.
The team would like to say special thank you to all the people in the club who got behind the team – family, partners and friends, who make it all the more worthwhile to be involved – and obviously the team sponsors, Challenge.
Great season: Top row from left: Kate Smitstra, Rebecca Stewart, Ngaio Greaves, Morgan Norris, Sommer Rickard, Kerry Cox, Hailey Maddren, Sarah Coppard, Shaliah Brooke-Henderson. Bottom row from left: Chloe Verstraten, Gemma Sliz, Gabrielle Raynel, Alisha Dare, Larissa Moroney, Charlotte Chittick, Tasha Saw. Absent: Jo ‘‘Goody’’ Dye, Victoria Bowers-Mason.