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2015 NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs | Day One

Published: Wed 7 Oct 2015 09:24 AM
2015 NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs | Day One
Tuesday 6 October, 2015
Dark horses Wellington Girls College came out with an unexpected, but impressive, 31-20 victory over 2014 runners up, St Margaret’s College, on the opening day of the NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs in Ashburton today.
After qualifying fourth at the Lower North Island Secondary Schools tournament, Wellington Girls’ win over St Margaret’s, the top qualifying team from the South Island, caused an upset to start the day. The undeniable defensive effort in conjunction with an impressive goal attack, Tegan Graham (93%), proved a winning formula.
Wellington Girls’ coach Emma Weenink (22) is a former NZ Secondary Schools and NZ under-21 squad defender, who sadly suffered a significant knee injury. But she has turned her hand to coaching and her efforts are bearing fruit. Wellington Girls continued their winning streak in the afternoon of day one with a 44-31 triumph over Southland Girls’ High School.
In other games on day one, reigning champions for four years running, Mt Albert Grammar School, had a comprehensive 43-10 win over Baradene College (Auckland), and triumphed over Roncalli College (Timaru) in the afternoon, 59-11. With a number of NZ Secondary School Team members - including Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson, Alanis Toia and Cait Dowden – their strong and early lead is hardly surprising.
Cashmere High School from Christchurch made their NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs debut, unfortunately finishing just shy of a victory in their opening match, with Waikato Diocesan snatching a one-goal win, 36-35. It was a hard-fought match that Cashmere led for the majority. Later in the afternoon Cashmere drew with Wellington East Girls’ College, 33-33.
Day 2 of the NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs will get underway from 9am Wednesday morning.
POOL A
Manukura 49 def Roncalli College 33
Mt Albert Grammar School 43 def Baradene College 10
Mt Albert Grammar School 59 def Roncalli College 11
Manukura 39 def Baradene College 24
POOL B
St Mary's College 37 def Epsom Girls Grammar 23
Napier Girls' High School 28 def St Andrew's College 27
St Mary's College 41 def St Andrew's College 20
Epsom Girls Grammar School 22 def Napier Girls' High School 13
POOL C
Saint Kentigern College 46 def Southland Girls' High School 37
Wellington Girls College 31 def St Margaret's College 20
St Margaret's College 22 def Saint Kentigern College 27
Wellington Girls' College 44 def Southland Girls' High School 31
POOL D
Waikato Diocesan 36 def Cashmere High School 35
Wellington East Girls' College 44 def Westlake Girls' High School 32
Wellington East Girls' College 33 drew with Cashmere High School 33
Westlake Girls' High School 36 def Waikato Diocesan 35
Day 2 of the NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs will get underway from 9am tomorrow morning.
Useful Info
Official Event Programme (including manager contact details) - click here
NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs draw and results - click here
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