Netball NZ U19 Champs: Final Results
Hamilton defeat Manawatu to claim U19 title
Hamilton City’s greater experience shone through when they held out a determined Manawatu 36- 31 to win the final of the
Netball NZ U19 championships in Wellington on Thursday.
With two WBOP Magic and three Beko Netball League players in their ranks, Hamilton were able to keep a slight edge over
their opponents through most of the match.
The well-performed but unheralded Manawatu got to the final unbeaten and gave it their all to the end, threatening a
comeback in the third quarter of a tight contest but just lacking Hamilton’s superior finishing.
After leading 11-9 at the first break, Hamilton delivered a strong second stanza to take a 20-14 lead into halftime
before Manawatu took the honours in the third quarter. With Hamilton City leading 27-23 going down the home straight,
they were able to keep Manawatu at arm’s length to reverse their four-goal loss to the same opponents in pool play.
``I’m pretty thrilled with the effort they put out there today,’’ delighted Hamilton coach Rebecca Gabel said
``Manawatu were always going to be tough. I’m just really proud of my girls and the way they’ve come together this week.
We’re a relatively new team and so to see them all come together in this way has been the real highlight.’’
With just three of her team playing in an age-group final previously, Gabel said her team could only improve from the
experience of having played under constant pressure throughout the week.
Magic players, Sydney Fraser (centre) and Amorangi Malesala (shooter) were key figures in Hamilton’s attacking momentum
while in-circle defender Hannah Ridling was also prominent in getting her hands on turnover ball.
There was no disgrace for the gallant and well-performed Manawatu team, who impressed all week with their never-say-die
spirit and ability to knock over more fancied teams.
``I’m incredibly proud of the girls,’’ Manawatu coach John Atkins said. ``Over the whole four days, they’ve fought to
stay in games, we’ve come from behind in some games and if it weren’t for a couple of turnovers here or there, this
result could have gone the other way.
``We just wanted to come here and play the best netball that we could. We had no grand expectations, we knew we were in
a tough pool with Hamilton and Auckland and that someone was going to miss out. And on this occasion, it was Auckland.’’
Denied the chance to defend their title after losing to Hamilton in the semi-finals, Wellington finished with a flourish
to outclass Waitakere 39-21 and seal third spot.
Day 4 Results:
Nelson Russells Curtains & Blinds 45-44 Hawkes Bay
Pukekohe Kitchen Inspirations 28-31 North Otago
Whangarei 27-39 Hutt Valley
Howick Pakuranga 28-37 Harbourside
Selwyn 37-40 North Otago
Pukekohe Kitchen Inspirations 22-30 Mainland Combined
Dunedin 40-29 Invercargill
England 37-26 Auckland
North Harbour 32-27 Christchurch
Wellington 39-21 Waitakere
Trust Waikato Hamilton City 36-31 Manawatu
1. Hamilton City
5. North Harbour
9. England U19
12. Howick Pakuranga
13. Hutt Valley
16. Hawkes Bay
17. North Otago
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