National tourney deemed a success
New Zealand Men’s and Mixed Netball Association president David Pa’alamo hailed the national tournament in Invercargill a success.
The New Zealand Men’s and Mixed Netball Association this year hosted the 33rd annual men’s national tournament at ILT Stadium Southland - the first time it has been held in Invercargill.
The tournament attracted 18 teams to Invercargill which included three teams from Australia.
‘‘It’s been a very successful event held in a fantastic city and an amazing stadium,’’ Pa’alamo said.
‘‘Teams have travelled from Australia and throughout New Zealand and it’s given them a different perspective of the south. They have discovered how generous and friendly the south is.’’
He paid tribute to the Southland Men’s and Mixed Netball Association, umpires and bench officials who had invested their own time into assisting with the event.
‘‘You can just see how much hard work they have all put in and we really appreciate it,’’ Pa’alamo said.
North Harbour clinched its fourth consecutive national title with a hard-fought 54-42 win over Christchurch A in Invercargill on Saturday.
North Harbour’s Dan Rich was named as MVP of the A-Grade division.
Christchurch Masters snatched B-Grade honours from a gritty Southland A team in a thriller.
With the home side staging a gallant comeback to draw level 45-all on the buzzer, the game was forced into extra time and Christchurch held its nerve to emerge 56-54 victors.
Tenacious Christchurch goal defence Adrian Rennie was a deserved winner of the B-Grade MVP Award.
Southland can take some heart from being awarded the Best Uniform trophy from the tournament, while Southland B earned the Sportsman Award, Rotorua took out the Fairplay Award and Christchurch A the Goal Aggregate.
In the Under-23 division, Rotorua proved too strong for North Harbour, snatching a 54-42 win. Rotorua’s Piripi Matthews was named MVP.
Meanwhile Southland’s Lachlan Crombie and Liam Barber-Kake were named as trialists for the New Zealand under-20 and under-23 teams respectively at the end of the tournament.