Heads high after up­per NI tour­ney

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By PETRICE TAR­RANT

Up­per North Is­land Sec­ondary School netball tour­na­ment pro­vided a week of learn­ing for both For­est View and Toko­roa High School.

Both teams, sit­ting in C grade, were tested men­tally and phys­i­cally at the 2014 UNISS tour­na­ment.

Toko­roa High School came away in eighth place while For­est View came 20th.

Toko­roa High head coach Taneta Riki said de­spite the chal­lenges, her play­ers were ex­tremely dis­ci­plined

‘‘Over­all I thought the girls re­ally stood up ev­ery sin­gle game. I think they re­alise, even my­self, that the level has re­ally gone up when you’re look­ing at the top eight in each grade so they had some re­ally re­ally tight games where they had to stand up and fight for ev­ery­thing.’’

Ou­s­tand­ing per­for­mances came from cap­tains Dionne Tread­away and Paris John through their in­spir­ing lead­er­ship, she said. Mid­courters Chan­tae Wilson- Jenk­ins and Tiare Manu proved their worth.

‘‘Th­ese girls have been our strong unit all sea­son. At the start of the tour­na­ment I needed their level to re­ally stand up and both girls took that chal­lenge on board and de­liv­ered.’’

Young shooter Dal­las Te Hiko de­buted for the side in one of the fi­nal games and Riki said it was a promis­ing sign of the depth the school has in that area.

Next year’s fo­cus will be on de­vel­op­ing that depth and en­sur­ing the girls get more game time against play­ers their own age, Riki said.

‘‘ We had amaz­ing support from the school. Ev­ery­thing the team needed the school made sure we had,’’ Riki said.

The team’s physio Rachael Parker was a game maker too, she said.

‘‘It came down to if she said they [the play­ers] were good to go then they went on court.’’

Team man­ager Caro­line Morunga did an amaz­ing job as did the two support crew Piki Kelly and Apii Solomon, Riki said.

‘‘Coaches al­ways know when it comes to tour­na­ments man­agers do all the hard yards.’’

Team hud­dle: Toko­roa High School can put their suc­cess largely down to their team work. Pho­tos: Rachael Parker

Strong pass: Ree­gan Ford, WD, whips the ball down the court to the at­tack­ers.

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