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We are the champions . . . The successful Oamaru Intermediate School year 7 A netball team that has "had a blast" this season is (back, from left) Andy Anderson, Kyala Fisilau, Charlize Botha, Asha Murphy, Allie Senior; front, Diana Fonua, Brooke Taylor, Zoe Meikle, and Sophie Notman. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

It has been a heck of a year for the Oamaru Intermediate School year 7 A netball team, which stunned onlookers by winning the Otago primary schools title recently. Team members Sophie Notman and Allie Senior filed this report.

Well, these past few weeks have been a blast.

The Oamaru Intermediate School (OIS) year 7 A netball team has participated in tournaments in Balclutha and Dunedin.

At the first tournament, in Balclutha, we played Dunedin Yellow, and had a narrow 21-19 win. Then we had a solid 39-13 win over Taieri Heat, and played well to beat another Taieri team, Taieri Titans, 37-6.

Since we had won each game in our pool, we played Waitaki Valley in the final. We stayed focused and won 24-14.

This meant we had won the year 7 development grade – the best birthday gift for our coach.

The following weekend, we played at the Edgar Centre in a representative grade, and we knew this tournament was going to be tough.

We won our first game, against South Otago, 19-6. We then played the Dunedin A team, and won 13-10. We had got ourselves to the quarterfinals – a pretty good achievement considering we were a “development” team.

We played Upper Clutha and won 14-11. Semifinals, here we come!

We ended up playing the Dunedin A team again.

We thought we had this one in the bag, but the game slipped out of our hands, and we lost 26-14. This meant we played off for third and fourth against Taieri Crush. We won this game 19-15.

On August 29, OIS entered two teams (year 7 and year 8) in the Otago primary schools tournament. It was a “circus” theme, so we dressed up for the first game. We beat Tahuna Intermediate 15-5.

In our next match, we lost against Columba Gold, 13-7. Apparently, that team had not lost a game all season!

In crossover play, we beat Balmacewen Intermediate Yellow 13-8 and Fairfield School 21-2. In the semifinals, we beat Kavanagh College 20-2.

We faced Columba Gold, again, but this match was the final. The game was intense, and went right down to the wire. It was 6-6 at halftime but we pushed through to win 13-12.

We had won the tournament! Yahoo!

We now qualify for the Netball South challenge tournament in Balclutha on September 23.

Thanks to our supporters, coach Amanda Notman and manager Renee Hooper.

We really appreciate all their time and effort they have put into our trainings, teaching us set play pieces and general organisation. Oh, and the halftime lollies!