Ju­nior A team gets a serv­ing of suc­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - REXINE HAWES

Mata­mata Col­lege ju­nior A vol­ley­ball team proved they’re the best, by win­ning the Waikato Ju­nior Se­condary Schools tour­na­ment.

The team of Year 9-10 stu­dents, coached by An­drew Kil­ham, were the winners from the tour­na­ment of 24 teams, which con­cluded last week.

Teams com­peted for eight weeks in Hamil­ton, play­ing 16 games in to­tal.

Kil­ham says the team im­proved as each week went by.

‘‘We trained well through each week. We lost a few matches in round robin play but we were able to bounce back and de­feat them in later rounds.

‘‘They are a hard­work­ing group, who de­serve their suc­cess.’’

From there they went on to face Te Awa­mutu in the fi­nals, with a score of 25-17 in the first set, and 26-24 in the sec­ond set.

The win earned Mata­mata Col­lege their third suc­ces­sive cham­pi­onship.

Kil­ham says al­though vic­to­ri­ous in the semi-fi­nals, they didn’t play as well as they could have, but came back stronger in the fi­nal.

Set­ter Mila Gan­deza said she feels the team dom­i­nated be­cause they didn’t un­der­es­ti­mate their op­po­nents.

‘‘We re­spected our op­po­nents and we were con­fi­dent we could play well as a team.’’

Mila and team mate Te Aorere Wharawhara were named in the all-star six.

Mila was also named the most valu­able player of the whole tour­na­ment, by the ex­ec­u­tive members of the Waikato Vol­ley­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, an ac­co­lade she also re­ceived last year.

From here the team will join 98 other North Is­land teams at the North Is­land cham­pi­onship in Welling­ton on November 21.

At this stage Kil­ham says he is con­fi­dent that they will play well but is re­luc­tant to make any pre­dic­tions.

Mata­mata Col­lege ju­nior A vol­ley­ball team Back row: An­drew Kil­ham, Mor­gan Nor­ris, An­nalese Temm, Mila Gan­deza, Kee­ley d’Abo, Olivia Good­win, Zyann Aver­gon­zado, Deb­bie Sankey. Front row: Te Aorere Wharawhara, Alana Sankey, Emma Mor­ton-Far­relly, Jess Tims, Therese Ganas.

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