Mount Maunganui College's Premier One Netball team competed at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools tournament held in Papakura last week. Heading into the tournament the teams goal was to place in the top five of their division in order to be promoted to the A Grade for 2017. The teams outstanding results early in the week ensured that promotion with three games in hand, which enabled them to enter the last days medal games with their goal achieved.
The team started the week having to reestablish communication and game plans after a disruptive end of the local season due to injuries and unavailability. By Wednesday the team showed composure and self belief in what they wanted to achieve. Each game was taken quarter by quarter utilising the full 9 players to achieve the game plans.
The mobile shooting end of Ashley Maylor, Emerson Tod and Bella Akroyd created options for each other and were supported by midcourters Eva Gibson, Ella Pollock and Julia Kayes. The strong link between Eva Gibson and Emerson Tod was evident in the way they read each others movements. The team’s defensive players Caitlin Little, Julia Kayes, Armanii Martelli, Natasha Blanden and Bella Akroyd worked tirelessly to create opportunities for the attackers and made life difficult for their oppositions. The teams ability to work together defensively right throughout the court proved to be a strength creating turnovers.
In the quarterfinals the team played St Dominc’s College winning 32-31 they then came up against Hamilton Girls in the semi final winning 34-32 and in the final the team played another close game against One Tree Hill narrowly losing the match 30-35 to finish second in B Grade. This outstanding result is the highest achievement any Mount Maunganui College Netball team has achieved at the Upper North Island Secondary Schools tournament. Topping off the successful week was the naming of Emerson Tod and Julia Kayes in the B Grade Tournament Team.