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Toko­roa net­ballers soon learnt the Fast Five net­ball rules on Satur­day and en­joyed the ex­tra space on the court to get the ball to the goal cir­cle. Shoot­ers tried their best to get some two pointers out­side the goal cir­cle. Play­ers had loads of fun and will look for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion next sea­son. Sec­tion win­ners were Toko­roa Neme­sis, THS A, Spar­tans Masters and THS Jnr A.

United Force are cer­tainly mak­ing a mark with their high scor­ing games this year. United Force and Ea­gles were un­beaten prior to their game against each other last week. United Force was able to im­prove their lead in each quar­ter. The in­crease in each quar­ter for United Force was 4, 7, 16 and 20. The fi­nal score was 42-22.

Coach of United Force Taneta Riki was able to ro­tate all play­ers dur­ing the game and they were able to main­tain their struc­ture and com­po­sure through­out the game. Nan­cyJo Ta­here was the shooter of the day scor­ing cru­cial goals and was ably sup­ported by Te Paea Riki-Pa­hewa. At­tack mid­courters Pet­rice Tar­rant, Leleina Tolo­vae made per­fect ball place­ment to al­low the shoot­ers to get into a good po­si­tion in the goal cir­cle.

United Force de­fend­ers Makaia Riki-TeKanawa, Ni­cola Ra­tima, and La­tia Wal­lace made the op­pos­ing at­tack­ers work hard to gain pos­ses­sion. United Force’s more ex­pe­ri­enced de­fend­ers Chanelle RataMak­ene, Juanita Shadrock and Fern Tay­lor pro­vided sta­bil­ity and lead­er­ship in the de­fen­sive cir­cle.

Ea­gles pro­vided strong op­po­si­tion for the de­fend­ing champs (United Force) even though the score may not have re­flected this.

The game was en­joy­able for all spec­ta­tors to see two highly skilled teams and com­pe­tent um­pires con­trol the game.

There will be no net­ball over the school hol­i­days. Pri­mary, intermediate and se­nior teams will start their Bill Gray Me­mo­rial Cham­pi­onship games when com­pe­ti­tion restarts.

Dur­ing the sec­ond week of the hol­i­days the Toko­roa Un­der 17 Rep­re­sen­ta­tive team will be com­pet­ing for the first time at the Na­tional Un­der 17 Cham­pi­onships which will be held at Onewa Road courts at North Har­bour.

The team is ably coached by Taneta Riki and well sup­ported by the Toko­roa Net­ball Cen­tre.

It is a great op­por­tu­nity for the highly skilled Un­der 17 young­sters to be up against highly fan­cied teams in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Re­sults of games in the Na­tional Tour­na­ment will be on the mynet­ site.

There is huge in­ter­est in most play­ers want­ing to gain the Net­ball NZ The­ory as­sess­ment.

Many play­ers who have com­pleted their four prac­tice pa­pers are sit­ting the fi­nal as­sess­ment on Satur­days.

The Man­gakino Hawkettes team have ar­ranged for um­pir­ing ses­sions in Man­gakino and this will en­able most play­ers in their team gain­ing the Net­ball NZ qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Um­pir­ing ses­sions are also be­ing held in Pu­taruru. This will en­able play­ers in Pu­taruru to gain more knowl­edge and also gain their um­pir­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

By the end of the sea­son it hoped that over two sea­sons the Toko­roa Net­ball Cen­tre will have over half their play­ers with the Net­ball NZ qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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