Valley Karaka has sewn up top spot for the North Otago premier club netball semifinals.
While there is still one round of the regular season to go, the top four spots are all but secured – Karaka, Maheno Green and Valley Koru have confirmed their places, and St Kevin’s College Senior A is likely to join them.
Waitaki Girls’ High School Wildfire’s semifinals hopes are not dead, but the defending champion would have to pull off a miracle against St Kevin’s A tomorrow to knock it out of fourth.
Maheno and both Valley teams still have plenty to play for tomorrow, too. Maheno Green takes on clubmate Maheno Rebels, hungry for its first win of the season, and bragging rights are on the line in the clash between Valley Karaka and Koru.
Karaka will also want to continue its unbeaten run – it has a perfect record (6-0) and a four-point lead at the top of the table. Maheno Green is on 20 points, followed by Valley Koru (19), St Kevin’s A (14) and Waitaki Girls’ Wildfire (10).
Despite the disruptions of Covid-19, the 2020 netball season had gone well and the standard of competition had not been affected, North Otago Netball president Sonya Macdonald said.
“Of course we would rather be at Level 1 so we could have everyone back playing netball, and our crowd and spectators there, because it’s all about celebrating the sport and being part of it,” Macdonald said.
“But in saying that, we can’t thank our schools and clubs enough, because they’ve all got on board with the policies and regulations that we have to abide by and are making it work really well.
“The level of netball across the board has just been really, really good. With being a shorter season, every game does count – you don’t have that second round to have another go.”
Tomorrow, North Otago Netball is running a Georgie Salter Memorial Day – a special chance to remember Salter and all she did for netball in North Otago.
It would be scaled back from what was planned at Level 1, “but there’ll still be wee bits happening throughout the day at the courts”, Macdonald said.
“It’s all about celebrating Georgie.”