Pleasing efforts from St Kevin’s, Waitaki Girls’

Waitaki Girls’ High School senior A netball side finished third at the Otago Secondary Schools...
Waitaki Girls’ High School senior A netball side finished third at the Otago Secondary Schools Netball Championships in Dunedin last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Girls’ High School each sent three teams to the Otago Secondary Schools Netball Championships in Dunedin last week. Reporter Nic Duff recaps the two-day tournament.



Year 9: 3rd

Year 10: 4th

Senior A: 12th

The youngsters were getting it done for St Kevin’s.

A youthful senior A team struggled in the top grade, finishing 12th, while their junior teams thrived.

The St Kevin’s year 9 side lost only one match in the whole tournament and that was to eventual champions Columba College in the semifinal.

After that, they were able to bounce back and beat Wakatipu High School to finish third.

In the year 10 grade, St Kevin’s had a strong first day to end up in the top four and despite two losses on day two, they came fourth.

Senior A coach Rachel Fowler said while it was not the result her players were after, seeing the junior sides perform well was very pleasing.

"They had a good first day with pool play and kept playing really well.

"They were awesome.

She was excited about the future of netball at the school.



Year 9: 7th

Year 10: 11th

Senior A: 3rd

The senior A side were the stars of the show for Waitaki Girls’.

They finished in third place while their year 9 and 10 sides came seventh and 11th, respectively.

It was their best result in "quite a while", senior A co-coach Lauren Hueppauff said.

"They played out of their skin.

"We got fifth last year so it was pretty awesome to build on that and I know the girls were really stoked."

A thumping 41-12 win over Cromwell College on the first day put them top their pool through goal differential after they drew with Taieri College.

A loss in the semifinal was followed by a good win over Otago Girls’ High School in the third and fourth playoff.

Hueppauff was also happy to see the junior sides rising to the occasion.

"It’s the first big tournament some of the girls go on and they take a lot from it, and they learn how tournaments work and the resilience that you need."