It was finals day for senior netball on Saturday and as predicted we saw some wonderful netball.
Good crowds on the sidelines were delighted by the tight A grade final between Dunstan A and Molyneux A, which was a nailbiter until the last second. Dunstan led at each quarter 8-4, 13-7, 18-16 until the final quarter when Molyneux was able to take a two-point lead. Both teams had maintained strong attack and defence through court the entire game but while Dunstan’s shooters were able to capitalise, the Molyneux goals just didn’t go in during the first half.
With seconds to go the scores were tied. A penalty in the Dunstan goal circle secured the win for the high school girls, who certainly deserved the win for their perseverance. This win will certainly have been encouraging for them heading off to the South Island Secondary School tournament in Timaru this week.
The A grade Section 2 final also saw a resurgence in the final quarter when Loose Contracting put five goals on the board, having trailed Ex-Girls at the final quarter. Loose Contracting was out to a 6-2 lead at the start of the game, with Ex-Girls taking some time to settle. Ex-Girls were inspired by Kim Whipp’s accurate shooting and slick passing around the circle and the tables were turned. Ex-Girls went from strength to strength, taking the game 32-21.
Dunstan 10A had a good win over Alexandra Green 24-15 to win the B Grade Section 1 and Cromwell Social used their experience and guile to take the B Grade Section 2 title from their clubmates Vic Arms Cromwell, 36-19. Dunstan 10A also took the Ettrick Cup for the highest goal average for the season. This cup usually goes to one of the higher A Grade teams, so well done to the 10As for this achievement.
Envy finished its season off with a well-deserved win over Cromwell College Intermediate A 28-19 to claim the C Grade Section 1, while Molyneux White was dominant over Roxburgh Area B 34-26 to win the C Grade Section 2.
Ex-Girls Social used its experience over Cromwell College Social in the D Grade Section 1 final and Cromwell College Intermediate B was able to beat Dunstan Ruby 23-18, taking D Grade Section
Other awards presented on Saturday were: – Sportsmanship — Lewis Cup: Dunstan 9A – Sandy Dunlop Memorial Trophy: Maniototo Women – PaperPlus Umpire of the Year: Karyn Quaid – Roxburgh Highland Pharmacy Junior Umpire of the Year: Brooke Bennie – Unichem Alexandra Pharmacy & Bookshop Coach of the Year: Belinda Colling – New World Volunteer of the Year & Barbara Ballantyne Trophy: Abby Holden – New Zealand Umpire Centre Qualifying Award: Brooke Bennie, Rebecca Lamb.
Primary netball continued as usual with all grades completing their rounds. Primary will finish this week with finals being played.
Terrace Green worked hard to take their game against the previously unbeaten Teviot Wonderwomen. These two will meet again this weekend in the final — what a game that will be!
Teviot Wildcats will play Alexandra Ruru in the year 7-8 Section B final.
Our age group representative teams travelled to Dunedin on Sunday to compete in the Dunedin Centre tournament.
Both the year 7 and year 8 teams came third in their grades.
The year 7s were expected to do well after their outing in Alexandra two weeks ago but this was not to be their day. Despite outstanding shooting from Hannah Bissett, the opposition defence was just too strong. In the playoff for third place Elaisa Chapman’s team won 15-10 against Wakatipu. These girls will be seen in years to come as leading lights on our courts.
The U15 team was runner-up in A Grade which was an outstanding result by a determined, passionate, skilled U15 team and coach.
Competition was strong with nine teams entered inthe U15 A grade. Central Otago finished second in pool play and went into the next round as the underdog against the tall andskilled Invercargill A. Through skill and a strong defensive game, Central Otago came out on top with a close two-goal win.
This took the girls into playoffs for the top three. Dunedin A was first in a game where the girls pulled together and played as a team. They then played North Otago for second. After a nailbiting game the consistently strong attacks made sure of the 20-19 win to Central. Well done to this team. The future looks bright for these young and enthusiastic players. Congratulations to coach Jonelle Fulton.
Best wishes to Dunstan High, Cromwell College and Roxburgh Area School who are finishing off their season at the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament this week. We’ll hear about their fortunes next week.