Putaruru seniors win Secondary title
A new generation of strong netballers from Putaruru College are leading the way after taking out the South Waikato Secondary Schools Title.
Held over six weeks the senior team competed against Taupo-nui-a-tia College, Forest View High School, Matamata College and Tokoroa High School.
The final fourth quarter against Taupo-nui-a-tia College proved an intense finale.
Winning 26 – 22, coach Alicia Taylor said it was a close game. ‘‘We were leading but it didn’t feel like it to them, Taylor said.
‘‘The team thought they were losing. It was a skillful game.’’
Manger Bonnie Taylor said the girls were stoked with their performance.
‘‘Being a small school, its been a struggle coming up against bigger schools so they’ve tried really hard.’’
The latest win has come just in time before the team is off to compete in the Gold Coast Netball Carnival.
The netballers are ready to compete against teams from New Zealand and Australia and have been fundraising for over eight months.
The Netball Carnival is a week long youth sporting event held every year in July.
Taylor said everyone was excited and but they wouldn’t find out which the team they’d be competing against until they got to the tournament.
‘‘It’s been a long haul and they’ve been a good team to work with. They just get out and do anything to fundraise money.
She said the community has given great support to help the team which is costing each player $3000.