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Auckland Netball Champions 2019!

August 29, 2019 at 11:17 AM

What a fantastic game last night! With amazing crowd support, our Premier Netball girls claimed the Auckland Netball Premier Championship title last night, after beating Howick College 37-27 in a tense, action packed game.

Buoyed on by very vocal supporters, including an awesome contingent of boys and girls from the boarding house, the girls had to work hard for this win. Down 6-7 in the first quarter, the team rallied by half time to take the lead in the remaining quarters, pulling ahead to a 10-goal advantage to win.

Last night was a result of continued hard work by the girls and their coaches since the team first started training early in the year. They have been dedicated to every aspect of their campaign, including a robust strength and conditioning programme three mornings a week, technical and tactical court sessions twice a week, an analysis session and a game plan session. The full team performance was excellent last night with every player rising to the challenge and sticking to the game plan.

This was the team’s thirteenth win in a row, including last week’s semi-final against Westlake Girls’ High School, and they went into the final as the only team undefeated in all of their games. They had previously played Howick and came out winners on that occasion but only by three goals, so they knew the final was always going to be a highly physical and competitive game; Howick are a strong opposition.

The team is led by student leaders, Jaymie Kolose (C), Lisa Putt and Kayla Roberston-Tekii (VC's), Cecile Velghe and Jasleen Singh with Head of Netball, Nicola Lewis-Clifford. These players are leaders both on and off the court and are integral to our training sessions, decisions made and, ultimately, to our success.

Everyone was ecstatic when the final whistle blew! The Bruce House boys gave a rousing haka in their honour. Our supporters created a huge buzz for the girls throughout the game, spurring them on.

We now wish the girls well for the Upper North Island Tournament next week as they compete for a place in the national final later in the year.

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