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ANN CONDER

Last Saturday was the coldest day I have seen netball being played through to the end of the day in Alexandra.

We have had rain, close to snow sometimes, we have had -3degC temperatures, but never have I experienced the intense wet and cold that the games were played in last weekend.

Consequently, after I had stood on the sideline coaching two rounds of primary netball, the last thing I was going to do was watch more netball.

Sorry everybody, but love of the game only goes so far.

All A grade games resulted in big margins with crossovers between the two sections.

Molyneux A recorded a 68-26 win over Roxburgh Area School and must be pretty much assured of the most goals cup for the year.

Ex-Girls would have been pleased to secure the win over Dunstan 10 A in a high-scoring and reasonably close game.

The 10As had Jessie Moffitt back on court, obviously recovered from injury and she added considerable strength to the team defence.

Dunstan A showed superiority over Cromwell College A winning 64-30, while Dunstan B dominated their senior reserve team taking that game 45-26.

We will be seeing another Molyneux v Dunstan A final this weekend, and what a game this will be.

The B grade is still very much undecided with just this weekend to finish the round.

At this stage Alexandra Anahera is leading with 15 points, Cromwell Vixens are next with 13 and Cromwell College Intermediate A is sitting in third on 12 points.

Vixens will meet Cromwell College on Saturday, with Anahera playing Envy.

Depending on the Envy line-up the grade could end up being tied. Interesting!

The C grade will be decided between Maniototo Blue and Cromwell College Jnr A.

It is interesting to note that Cromwell College Jnr A was promoted to the senior competition after winning the first round of the year 7/8 competition, and has won all of its games in C grade, including the semifinal – well done to those girls and their coach.

The D grade also needs just one game this weekend to decide the winner.

Cromwell College Senior C is in the lead on 16 points from Dunstan Gold and Maniototo Gold both on 12 points.

It is looking as though St Gerard’s Steel will be playing off against Maniototo Steel for the year 7/8 A grade honours, and Terrace Yellow will meet Cromwell College Ferns in the year 7/8 B grade final.

Finals day is shaping up to be a grand finish to the season.

The year 5/6 teams finished their season with a festival day last weekend.

Teams dressed up for the day and seemed to have a wonderful time despite the weather closing in. The support from the sidelines during these games can be very intense, despite no official score being taken and no cup at the end.

Our year 7/8 players who attended the Netball South Development Camp in the school holidays were given the opportunity to go to Balclutha last weekend and play in a tournament against teams from the other netball centres around the South.

Central Otago sent two year 8 teams and two year 7 teams.

Teams were not seeded or graded, but put together with varying degrees of ability.

Central Otago also sent four schoolgirl umpires to Balclutha to gain experience.

On Sunday Central Otago will host the U15 and U14 tournament at the Molyneux Courts – the final event at the courts for the 2019 season.