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ANN CONDER

I was not able to be at the courts last weekend so you will have to excuse the brevity of this report.

While Central Otago was wrapped up in cool fog I was over the Ditch basking in 25degC Gold Coast sun – oops, sorry!

Firstly I need to apologise for omitting a very noteworthy result from the Dunedin Secondary Schools Tournament two weeks ago.

Cromwell College Intermediate A won all of its games to go on to win its grade.

It played five games before going into the final.

In those games, the Cromwell College girls notched up 171 points and only conceded 42 points.

They then went on to the final against Kavanagh College, which they won 27-7.

This is a remarkable result and this team, coached by Kirsten Adam, is going to be one to watch in the future.

It is playing in the C grade of the local competition and has finished the first round in second place, behind Cromwell Vixens, an adult team.

Its amazing total of 62-0 against Dunstan 10B last Saturday shows the calibre of this team.

They are playing Cromwell College Senior B in the semifinal on Saturday.

We will definitely be keeping an eye on the players’ development through the rest of the season.

The game of the day, between Molyneux A and Dunstan A, was won by Molyneux by a wider margin than I would have predicted, 32-26, giving Molyneux the No1 placing in the semifinals for the first round.

It will play either Dunstan B or Roxburgh Area A, which didn’t play last weekend, while Ex-Girls and Dunstan A are playing off for the second final spot this weekend.

Conversely, I would have predicted Cromwell College A to have been closer to Ex-Girls, but the experience of Ex-Girls took it to a 37 -21 win.

I was very interested to see the result of the Dunstan 9A Earnscleugh Emeralds game.

Both teams went into the game without a win, both hoping to avoid a relegation match.

However, grading was excellent and this game ended in a 17-17 draw – a bit of a headache for the draw steward, but great for the teams.

Cromwell College Jnr A continues to dominate the year 7-8 competition by beating Maniototo Steel 35-7 and Terrace Green will be happy to have beaten Alexandra Kaka, albeit by a mere 15-13.

Southern Steel defender Abby Erwood called into the courts on Saturday.

It is lovely to see Netball South giving back to the netball centres in this way.

The Muffin Break Year 7/8 Development Camp is being held on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.

This is an amazing opportunity for our players to join in coaching sessions and play alongside players from other schools.

I strongly recommend this live-in camp for all levels of ability – a wonderful two days.

Register at www.sporty.co.nz/centralotagonetball/MUFFIN-BREAK-YEAR-78-PDP-1.

The Under 14 and 15 trials were held last Saturday.

This team plays on July 28 in Oamaru, at Gore on August 11, and in Alexandra on August 18. The teams are:

Central Otago Under 14:Gemma Thompson, Marzelle de Beer, Billie Grant, Pania Geary, Molly Mason-Galletly, (all DHS); Simone Wilson, Olivia Piebenga, Shayla Tamakehu, Kate Spriggs, (all Cromwell College); Jasmine Balloch (Maniototo Area). Coach: Deanna Roos.

Central Otago Under 15:Hannah Bissett, Molly Adams, Trieste Kerr (all Cromwell College); Deandie de Beer, Mekah ONeill, Jessie Moffitt, Neve Spooner, Ada Bond, Isla Melton, (all DHS); Sarah Gunn (RAS). Coach: Tash Kelly.

Best wishes to the teams for their rep season.

The food wrap orders need to be handed in by Saturday.

If anyone beyond the netball circles would like to support this fundraiser don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Central Otago Netball Centre or any netballer.