The North Otago year 7 and 8 netball teams competed at their first rep tournament of the season in fine weather in Timaru on Sunday and produced a mixed set of results.
The year 7s had tough encounters against South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury, suffering 27-13 and 28-10 losses respectively, but Coach Mel Lewis took some positives from the ties and said the young players would now look ahead to their next outing at the Dunedin centre tournament in two weeks.
“We were beaten by Mid and South Canterbury, but took a lot of positives away from the day,” she said.
“(We) used the day to try different combinations and positions within the team, as (they) haven’t had a lot of time together yet.
“As a team, we learnt a lot, and look forward to Dunedin in two weeks’ time. We may be small, but we have plenty of fight and will come out stronger in Dunedin.”
The year 8 contingent started well with a 15-12 win over Mid Canterbury, followed by a 18-9 victory over South Canterbury, but then narrowly lost out 8-6 to eventual tournament winners, Canterbury.
Injuries then took their toll as the maroon and golds went down to North Canterbury 18-11 and Selwyn 13-11.
Coach Jane Paton said the team would be looking to progress in the coming weeks ahead of the Dunedin tournament in a fortnight.
“They played well. It’s a starting point for the next tournament,” she said.
“The did some really good things. They haven’t really played together much, but we worked on some combinations.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – The year 8 team of Tayla McGregor-Hofman, Molly Hurst, Holly Beazer, Kate Paton, Abigail Ross, Latisha Halcrow, Brylee More,Taylor Pickworth, Emma Petrie and Kyla Herrick.