Waikato team falls in fi­nal

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Judy Mac­don­ald

Af­ter five rounds of pool play from March 16 un­til April 20 and semi­fi­nals on April 27, Waikato Univer­sity and Col­le­giate net­ball teams met on Sun­day, May 6 at Pa­pakura’s Pul­man Arena to play off in the 2018 Su­per 12 fi­nal.

Th­ese two teams have met many times over this com­pe­ti­tion, with Col­le­giate win­ning the last three en­coun­ters. This is af­ter a pe­riod of four years where Univer­sity won the com­pe­ti­tion.

The game started with high ex­pec­ta­tions as both teams were packed with rep­utable play­ers, and Laura Lang­man from Univer­sity in par­tic­u­lar got a loud cheer.

Univer­sity started well and were in the lead ini­tially only to see Col­le­giate ahead by three goals at the end of the first quar­ter with the score be­ing 13 goals to 10. The half time score was 27-23. Col­le­giate then had a dom­i­nant third quar­ter with some strong, fast play and they ben­e­fit­ted from good turnover ball that they con­verted.

Con­versely Univer­sity, de­spite work­ing hard seemed to lack con­nec­tions and co­he­sion. The three quar­ter score was 45-32.

In the fi­nal quar­ter Col­le­giate built on their mo­men­tum in­clud­ing mak­ing a num­ber of player changes and won the game 64-45.

Col­le­giate played a re­lent­less and sys­tem­atic game and are wor­thy win­ners for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year.

For Col­le­giate the shoot­ing com­bi­na­tion of Amy Latu and Alyssa-jean Save­lio were out­stand­ing and they were fed some great ball from Anne-he­len Ras­mussen at wing at­tack and cen­tre. The de­fen­sive ef­fort by the team over­all was out­stand­ing and they con­stantly hunted for the ball.

For Univer­sity, mid courters Laura Lang­man and Ali Wil­shier were strong and the de­fen­sive com­bi­na­tion of Lyanne Eukaliti, Rachel Fabling and Amy Christo­phers were made to work hard. Fiesola Pua­mau at goal shooter the whole game proved the most con­sis­tent.

In the play-off for third vs fourth Marist Verdettes beat Fraser Tech in what was a com­pet­i­tive game.

Marist led from start to fin­ish but Fraser did win the fi­nal quar­ter. The first quar­ter started goal for goal and the first quar­ter score of 16 goals to 10 did not re­flect the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the game.

The sec­ond quar­ter was very close with Marist only lead­ing at half time by 31-23.

Marist was strong in the third quar­ter and led by 48-31 but Fraser had a strong fin­ish to win the fi­nal quar­ter and to re­duce the gap. The fi­nal score was 55-46.

Over­all a good game that could be de­scribed as the ex­pe­ri­enced against the up and com­ing.

Both teams had some nice phases of play and was a plea­sure to watch. It was also a real achieve­ment to see three Waikato teams in the top four.

Photo / Judy Mac­don­ald

Ali Wil­shier at WA for Univer­sity re­leases the ball — Laura Lang­man at C in the back­ground.

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