Reunion camaraderie wins day
GHS never gave up despite loss to Cambridge
Queenstown Girls’ High School (GHS) got off to a slow start in the first two quarters of their 147th Reunion netball game against Cambridge High, and ended up losing 23-19.
The big game was played in overcast, chilly conditions on Saturday at the school’s netball fields.
GHS battled to find their rhythm in the first quarter, allowing loopholes for Cambridge to gain the advantage.
In the second quarter, GHS showed a slight improvement but could not retain the ball, while Cambridge tightened their defence and attacking positions. They claimed the second quarter by 6-4.
In the third quarter, GHS regained their composure and took charge of the territory, but the East London side still prevailed by 6-5 and in the final stretch of the game GHS dominated, beating Cambridge 8-4.
It was GHS’s second match against Cambridge this season, having beaten the East London side 14-17 at the Grens High School festival earlier this year.
Despite Saturday’s loss, GHS netball coach Elisma Hayes said she was proud of the girls who fought until the end without giving up.
“Both teams had good spirit and sportsmanship on and off the court and it was an excellent game overall,” Hayes said.
Hayes said the Reunion games were special because they gave the Old Girls a chance to reconnect with their old school and support pupils.
“It is around the fields that current pupils and staff get to catch up with the Old Girls. It is wonderful to see the camaraderie that comes from a Reunion.”
Cambridge High first team coach Nadine Johnson said fitness played a big role.
“These girls have pulled through. We have come from a long season, but with Covid you can only do so much. We are building towards next year for now,” she said, adding that Reunion games were always good.
She said they were meant to have played in East London but had committed to join GHS in their celebration.
“Ours is next week and it brings a great atmosphere and support from all past pupils,” Johnson said.