Pu­taruru se­niors win Sec­ondary ti­tle

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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