Taieri netballers recognised

Taieri College netballers Natasha Renshaw (left) and Rachel Beattie had tournaments to remember...
Taieri College netballers Natasha Renshaw (left) and Rachel Beattie had tournaments to remember in Christchurch recently. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Their teams might not have won, but two Taieri College netballers still had plenty to celebrate at a recent tournament in Christchurch.

Natasha Renshaw (13) and Rachel Beattie (14) were named in the year 9 and 10 tournament teams at the South Island secondary schools junior netball tournament earlier in the month.

Beattie plays goal shoot and helped her side finish 17th out of 32 teams over the three days, while Renshaw's year 9 team finished 11th out of 32 teams.

It was the second straight year Beattie has been singled out as one of the best 10 players, after she was named in the year 9 tournament team a year ago.

She was part of Taieri College's year 9 team that won the tournament last year, the first team from the South to do so.

With more than 300 players in each grade, Taieri College deputy principal Karen Rosevear, who is in charge of netball at the school, said it was ''pretty high praise'' for the girls to be selected in the tournament teams.

''It's just recognition for quality players, recognition for development and as future talent,'' she said.

Beattie was the only player in the South to make the year 10 team this year, while Renshaw was one of three in the year 9 team (Taneisha Fifita, of Waitaki Girls' High School, and Emma Dermody, of Southland Girls').

Renshaw, who plays centre, said the competition in Christchurch was ''real hard'' compared with Saturday netball, while Beattie said it was ''amazing'' to see how tall some of the girls from the other teams were in comparison.

Rangiora High School won the year 9 competition and St Margaret's College won the year 10 title.

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