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Shooting stars . . . St Kevin's College pupils Tegan Souness (left) and Jasmine Emery, both 16, were named as talented players in the A grade of the Otago Southland secondary schools netball tournament last week. PHOTO: GUS PATTERSON

Jasmine Emery and Tegan Souness’ talent shone at the Otago Southland secondary schools netball tournament in Invercargill last week

The two St Kevin’s College year 12 pupils were named as talented players in the tournament’s A grade.

It was a nice surprise for Jasmine and Tegan, who were just happy to be able to play after so many Covid-19-related disruptions to the netball season.

“It was good to have something, because everything else has been taken away [this year],” Tegan said.

“You are always wondering whether events will go ahead.

“All we could do was to hope for the best.”

Jasmine (GD, GK) and Tegan (GA, GD) heaped praise on their coaches, the support staff and teammates for their team’s solid performance at the tournament, which helped with their selection.

The St Kevin’s Senior A team finished ninth in the competitive top grade of the tournament.

Competing against adults most weeks in the North Otago premier club competition was a different challenge than that posed by other school teams, Jasmine said.

“At the start of the tournament, we [discussed] that it was going to be a faster game – and we adapted,” she said.

In previous years, talented players were invited to a training camp run by the Southern Steel, and Jasmine and Tegan hoped that would go ahead this year.

They both wanted to go as far as they could with their netball careers.