Rampant Verdon eye winning netball treble

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 30/07/2013

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Speed on the court and a 1.85m goal shooter gave Verdon College the winning edge at the South Island junior netball tournament in Christchurch on July 15-17.

Verdon College dominated from start to finish in the year 9 and 10 section. Their wins in pool play were against East Otago (59-10), Middleton Grange Grammar (50-7), Riccarton High School (50-18), Amuri Area School (56-5), John Paul II High School (58-13) and Nelson College For Girls (56-24). The Invercargill team dealt to Blue Mountain College in the final, winning 52-33.

Verdon College's captain, Kate Nally, had a serious fall in the game against Nelson College. She continued to play at the tournament but after returning to Invercargill X-rays showed she had suffered a broken arm.

Winning coach Sarah Mollison said goal shooter Aliyah Dunn was a huge asset in the Verdon team.

"She's our Jhaniele Fowler."

Verdon College was the highest scoring team at the Christchurch tournament.

"In seven games we scored 381 goals and only had 101 scored against us," Mollison said.

Verdon College have their sights set on completing a winning treble this year. With victories at the South Island junior netball tournament and the Southland secondary schools junior championships, Verdon are chasing success in the senior reserve grade in the open grades at the Invercargill netball centre. On Saturday, they beat Southland Girls' High School senior C, 38-29.

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- The Southland Times

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