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The next generation of St Andrew’s College netballers showcased their talent at the South Island secondary schools junior championships.
The school claimed the year 9 title and finished second in the year 10 grade.
The year 9 side went one better than last year, winning the grade for the first time since 2018 at Hagley Park last week.
St Andrew’s comfortably beat St Hilda’s Collegiate School 44-20 to win the tournament.
Coach Jo Andrew said they are a new team but have developed strong connections across the court quickly.
“Their ability to score a high volume of goals were remarkable for such young players,” she said.
The team’s average of more than 40 goals a game and accuracy of over 80 per cent was largely due to Tactix shooter Vika Koloto helping the team throughout the season.
“She is a great role model for the shooters and they have benefitted from her advice and support,” said Andrew, who is a former Canterbury Flames player.
St Andrew’s went through the three-day tournament unbeaten and a dream run saw them win all their playoff games by more than 10 goals.
Andrew said the team executed their game plans and showed steady improvements.
“They are a group of girls who love playing netball together.”
The school’s year 10 side suffered a heartbreaking 30-21 loss to Dunedin’s Columba College in their final. A majority of the team were part of the St Andrew’s side who lost to Columba in the year 9 final last year.
St Margaret’s College and Christchurch Girls’ High battled it out in the year 10 third place playoff, with St Margaret’s coming out on top 25-15. Villa Maria took fifth place over Marlborough Girls’ College.
In the year 9 grade, Cashmere High managed to hold off a strong Ashburton College side to finish third with a 41-39 win.
The South Island secondary schools junior championships have been held in Christchurch for 25 years. This year there were 96 teams competing in three different grades.
1. St Andrew’s College
2. St Hilda’s Collegiate School
3. Cashmere High School
4. Ashburton College
5. Central Southland College
1. Columba College
2. St Andrew’s College
3. St Margaret’s College
4. Christchurch Girls’ High School
5. Villa Maria College
1. Greymouth High School
2. Queen’s High School
3. South Otago High School
4. Motueka High School
5. Rolleston College Blue
•For the full results go to www.sporty.co.nz/sissjuniornetball