Contrary to an incorrect report in yesterday’s CINews, the girls got a win against the previously undefeated Arorangi Flames side, 43-40 in the U17 grade.
Principal Tania Morgan said the girls were pleased to finally enjoy that elusive win.
“They were of course very excited. It has been a tough introduction for them into the competition, but they are starting to play some very consistent netball.
“It has been a challenge to get girls who have had netball experience and those who haven’t to gel and create those connections out on court but each week we have seen improvements so Saturday’s performance has been brewing for a few weeks.”
In previous games, the team had strong starts but were unable to put out a full 60-minute performance, but Morgan said the girls had learned from mistakes in previous games against Arorangi.
“The girls showed a real belief on Saturday to get the win, and I think in the end that was what got them over the line.
“It was a real up and down game, with the lead changing a few times, but they held their nerve.
This year is the first time teams from schools have been included and Morgan said it is hoped that the college’s netball programme would continue to grow over the next few years.
“The experience has been positive and we certainly want this to be the beginning of our programme here at the college.”
For the team to score their first win against a team like Arorangi is very impressive.”
Arorangi were hampered by the loss of Damizel Rongokea and Simone Nicholas who are both in New Zealand as part of the Pacific Nations Netball Academy, and also had a large number of participants in Friday’s Youth Athletics Championship.
With the Tereora A team up against Tupapa this weekend, Morgan said the next challenge for the girls would be to build on their winning performance and continue to improve each week.