Net­ballers win ti­tle at tour­ney

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate Year 8A net­ball team con­tin­ued on its win­ning way tak­ing out Grade B at the 2010 AIMS Net­ball Tour­na­ment in Tau­ranga.

There were 48 net­ball teams at the com­pe­ti­tion from as far south as Christchurch and north as Whangarei.

The first two days saw the team com­pet­ing in a grad­ing pool of six teams. Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate nar­rowly missed out on the A grade, win­ning three of five games.

Wins came against Berkley Nor­mal Mid­dle School 32-23 , Al­bany Ju­nior High School 37-16 and John Paul Col­lege 38 - 13. Losses were to Taupo In­ter­me­di­ate 27-21 and Mur­rays Bay In­ter­me­di­ate 23-21.

All teams were then placed into new pools and Toko­roa played a fur­ther three games to qual­ify for the semi­fi­nal and fi­nal of the B Grade.

Toko­roa won all three of these games con­vinc­ingly, beat­ing Otu­moetai In­ter­me­di­ate 32-14, Pukekohe In­ter­me­di­ate 27-23 and Fair­field In­ter­me­di­ate 28-17.

Toko­roa then met tough op­po­nents Peach­grove In­ter­me­di­ate in the semi fi­nals and won 28-23. This was a closely fought en­counter, which saw the girls play with real de­ter­mi­na­tion in atro­cious weather.

On the Fri­day, Toko­roa met Roto- rua In­ter­me­di­ate in the fi­nal.

The first 10 min­utes saw each team tak­ing time to see what each other was made of with the score tied 7-7.

With some tac­ti­cal ad­just­ments to Toko­roa’s game plan Toko­roa was able to start to pull away slowly from the op­po­si­tion. With each quar­ter the girls gained be­lief, con­fi­dence and de­ter­mi­na­tion and were able to win con­vinc­ingly 34-28.

Coaches Maria Te Kanawa and Caro­line Morunga said they were proud of the girls’ achieve­ments.

‘‘It is great that our small town can field a team which was able to beat many of the much big­ger school teams,’’ said Te Kanawa.

‘‘It is a huge achieve­ment to come to this tour­na­ment for the first time and win the B Grade,’’ said Morunga.

The team was: Dionne Tread­away (cap­tain), Danni-Jane Umaki (vice­cap­tain), Makaia Riki-Te Kanawa, Ash­leigh Mur­ray, Cheyanne Tangi­haere-Uer­ata, Chan­tae Jenk­ins, Faith Tai, Jemma Maraku, Choe Pun­ton, Zsalia Ihaka and Karmich Ni­cols with Man­ager Dawn Ash­worth and Um­pire Toni Pun­ton.

The team mem­bers want to thank Toko­roa In­ter­me­di­ate’s prin­ci­pal and staff, whanau, friends and the lo­cal busi­nesses who have sup­ported them this year.

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