Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice | Sports News - By JULIET DUN­LOP-FRASER

The vol­ley­ball sea­son has be­gun with four teams en­tered in the Tau­ranga leagues — se­nior girls, se­nior boys, ju­nior girls A and ju­nior girls B.

It shows the growth in the sport at Katikati.

The sea­son be­gan with the se­nior teams win­ning the Thames Val­ley Sec­ondary Schools’ se­nior tour­na­ment in term 3, be­fore start­ing the Tau­ranga leagues.

The ju­nior girls A team are en­tered into Ju­nior Tour­na­ment week and will be at­tend­ing the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Ju­nior Vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment in Auck­land from Novem­ber 26.

They had to play in the BOP qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment over six days and per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well, com­ing up against strong teams from Tri­dent and Tau­ranga Girl’s Col­lege. They came eighth out of 28 teams with five wins and three losses. Coached by Si­mon Quin and Ash­ley Shan­ley the play­ers will be look­ing to take their form into tour­na­ment week.

The team also came out on top at the an­nual TVSS ju­nior tour­na­ment held at KKC last Thurs­day. Win­ning all their games they looked very strong, with KKC ju­nior B com­ing third. A ju­nior boys team was en­tered con­sist­ing of bas­ket­ballers and rugby play­ers and they had a fun day play­ing a new sport and made the fi­nal, to go down by one point to Mer­cury Bay Area School.

Katikati Col­lege is also run­ning a “stay and play” vol­ley­ball com­pe­ti­tion for Year 7 and 8s with 30 young vol­ley­ballers play­ing four a side on Wed­nes­day night. This led to three teams com­pet­ing in the Bay of Plenty Vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Youth Cen­tre in Tau­ranga, which was won by the boy’s team on the day 52-42 over Beth­le­hem Col­lege (BC) boys, with the 7/8 A girls team com­ing third, win­ning 50-43 over BC Girls and the 7/8 Girls B team fourth, in Divi­sion 2.

The two top teams went on to play in the BOP Spik­ers In­vi­ta­tional Tour­na­ment at ASB Arena which was a fan­tas­tic two days of vol­ley­ball, play­ing teams from the Bay as well as Nel­son Bays and Hawkes Bay rep­re­sen­ta­tive sides. Both teams played ex­cep­tion­ally well with the girls team fin­ish­ing sixth over­all, though the boys team could only play one day.


KKC sent two teams to the Thames Val­ley 3x3 Bas­ket­ball held in Te Aroha on Novem­ber 13. Team A — Dan­dre Du Plessis, To­masi Vaka­si­uola, Jay Gor­don, Jess Har­ray and Sara Camp­bell — had an ex­cel­lent tour­na­ment, win­ning all their pool matches be­fore com­ing up against Te Aroha A in an ex­cit­ing fi­nal. Te Aroha boasted two na­tional level play­ers and had cruised into the fi­nal with big scores, but found Katikati a much tougher propo­si­tion. Du Plessis had an out­stand­ing day hit­ting two point­ers fre­quently and Vaka­si­uola’s de­fence was amaz­ing. They leaked seven or eight points in the first quar­ter but fought back with tenac­ity, fi­nally suc­cumb­ing 15-13 in a thrilling match.

The B team — Niko­lai Frandi, Jonny Sukkel, Josh Noble, An­gel Apaapa and Lily Stollery — also played fan­tas­tic bas­ket­ball with Frandi’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive skills on show.

They fin­ished sec­ond equal in their pool and were un­lucky not to go through to top eight, miss­ing out by one point in count­back. They their crossover match for 9th/10th eas­ily.

The ju­nior girls A and B vol­ley­ball play­ers from left (back) Sara Camp­bell, Amy Rochat, Abby Cor­bett, Jade Nel­son, Monique Brooks. Third row: Eva Free­man, Caitlin Meade, Kate Har­vey, La Toya Ma, Syd­nee Shan­ley. Mid­dle: Maia Har­vey, Katie Wil­liams, Lucy Turner, Jess Har­ray. Front: Chantelle Wen­zlick, Lei-Lani Ormsby. Ab­sent Mia Gi­a­con and Afuhia Uilou.

Dan­dre Du Plessis and Jess Har­ray.

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