Vic­to­ri­ous ladies

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

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.

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