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ANN CONDER

It was nice to be back at the courts after a two-week break, and, of course, the end of season is fast approaching.

Starting with the years 7 and 8 section I was able to watch a very close game between St Gerard’s Steel and Terrace Green.

The Terrace team had won the last encounter and took an early lead in this match.

The ball see-sawed up and down court with defences at both ends working overtime and causing frustration for players and sideline supporters of both teams.

Ruby Flannery and Hannah O’Connor, opposing goal defences, used their knowledge of the game and their height at times to gather the ball in with ease.

The Terrace was leading at half-time, but during the second half St Gerard’s gradually took over that lead and won the low-scoring game 13-10.

With Cromwell College Jnr A now playing in the senior competition the years 7 and 8 competition will see more of these close games, although both Maniototo Steel and Teviot A both notched up good wins.

Molyneux A and Dunstan A showed their superiority in their games last week.

Molyneux were playing Ex-Girls and took the score to 72-37 while Dunstan A totally dominated Dunstan 10A to take that game 72-28.

Although scores like this are hard to take at the time, there were times that 10A was holding strongly and letting the ball go – well done to them.

The closest A grade game saw Roxburgh Area School taking on Dunstan B.

We knew this would be a close one and yes it was – not much separating these teams with Roxburgh Area taking the honours 35-30.

This Saturday, Dunstan B will meet their 10A colleagues in what I believe will be a great game.

Both teams have string mid-court players so we should see a number of tight tussles in that game.

Cromwell College Senior A will want a win against Ex-Girls after going down to Dunstan Senior Reserve last weekend, and Ex-Girls will certainly be after redemption from their big loss against Molyneux.

The Millers Flat Netball and Rugby Tournament is on this Saturday so there will be no Primary netball at Alexandra.

Schools and clubs have supported this tournament for many years – I have not-so-fond memories of standing on the side of the court in freezing conditions – thank goodness for the hot soup and the Jimmys pie!!!

Best wishes to the organisers and the teams for a successful tournament.

Sunday sees the Barbara Bell Memorial Tournament at Alexandra.

This is for secondary school teams as a lead up to the South Island Secondary Schools Tournament in Nelson at the start of September.

This tournament gives the high school players experience playing other high school teams – a different game than when they are continually playing older players each Saturday.

There are 14 teams entered this year coming from both Otago and Southland.

South Otago High are the highest ranked team coming from Otago, but the Southland teams are an unknown at this stage. Games start at 10.30am on Sunday.

We also have an under-14 and under-15 tournament in Alexandra on August 18, which will involve teams from throughout Otago.

Coming up on August 14 and 15 is the primary tournament run by Netball South, being held at the Molyneux Courts in Alexandra. Unfortunately, there are no primary school representative teams now so these days give players the opportunity to meet players form throughout Central Otago.

Years 5 and 6 play on Wednesday, August 14 and years 7 and 8 play on Thursday, August 15.

The Central Otago Netball Centre is asking for nominations for the Barbara Ballantyne Volunteer of the year, as well as nominations for coach of the year.

Have a look on the Centre web page or Facebook for more information.