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CGHS beat Dunedin’s St Hilda’s Collegiate 29-27 in a nail-biting final which went into extra time at Saxton Stadium in Nelson on Thursday.
Both teams now head to the nationals next month.
CGHS stayed either level or in front throughout the A grade final.
It was 9-9 after the first quarter and 12-12 at half-time until CGHS nudged ahead by two goals after the third quarter.
At full-time, the teams were level again 26-26. In overtime, it see-sawed again as both sides fought hard for the two-goal advantage needed to take the title. South Island Secondary Schools Netball Association chairwoman Maggie Lloyd described the game as “fabulous.”
Lloyd said CGHS goal shoot, Olivia McIntyre was “amazing”. CGHS co-captains Charlotte Knight and Shana Ali were named the talented players of the tournament.
Lloyd said the reason for the low scoring final was because St Hilda’s played a patient game and looked to control the ball.
The standard had improved compared to previous years, she said.
CGHS went into the tournament ranked third, two places ahead of St Hilda’s.
CGHS beat Ashburton College 34-21 in the semi-final, and St Hilda’s knocked reigning champions Villa Maria College out of the running in the other semi.
Villa beat Ashburton 39-30 for third, while St Margaret’s beat St Andrew’s College for fifth spot, 36-34.
CGHS, St Hilda’s, Villa Maria, Ashburton College and St Margaret’s qualified for the New Zealand Secondary Schools tournament in Nelson in October.