Superstitious CGHS open up over national competition goals

South Island champions CGHS are aiming for a top eight finish at the national secondary schools'...
South Island champions CGHS are aiming for a top eight finish at the national secondary schools' netball competition at Nelson next month.
Christchurch Girls’ High finally believe they can talk about the national secondary schools’ netball competition next month.

Co-coach Rosie Stewart said in spite of their unparalleled success this season, the team are superstitious about even mentioning the national tournament.

CGHS made the final of the Premier 2 Christchurch competition, won the Canterbury Super Net title for the first time in 16 years and triumphed at the South Island secondary schools’ competition last week in Nelson.

“It’s been a running thing this season with the team that we haven’t been able to say anything without touching wood as a superstition,” Stewart said.

“We’ve obviously had a lot of success and we set these goals right at the start of the season but the girls haven’t wanted to talk about nationals just in case it didn’t happen.

“Last night at training we were able to speak about it and plan and we are hoping to make the top eight at the tournament.”

CGHS have played at the past two national tournaments, finishing last and 15th last year at the 16-team competition.

Stewart knows her team are mentally tough – they bounced back from a draw with St Andrew’s College on day two of the South Island tournament to beat Dunedin’s St Hilda’s Collegiate in extra time in the final.

“We experienced a lot of emotions over the week and I’m not sure if the team would have handled the final as well as they did if they hadn’t had that disappointment to go back to from the STAC game.”

Stewart said the team would now look to continue to train and try to peak for the a top performance while also waiting for the draw to be released.

Villa Maria and St Margaret’s College will also play at the nationals after finishing third and fifth respectively at the South Island competition.