Southland lose, win on NPC first day

00:36, Oct 01 2013

The National Provincial Netball Championships got under way in Dunedin yesterday and will continue until Friday.

The 12 teams competing in Dunedin have been split into two pools of six, with group play running from yesterday until tomorrow and post-section play starting on Thursday.

Southland's pool has Hamilton, Auckland, an Otago Invitational team, Manawatu and Waitakere.

Southland took on the Invitational team first up yesterday, losing 54-47.

However, results against the Invitational team do not count toward championship standings, which effectively meant it was another warm-up game for Southland before the tournament proper.

Southland coach Reinga Te Huia said while the plan was to not lose the game, it provided another opportunity to build toward games with much more riding on them.

"The good thing is we used everyone on our bench, everyone got out on court. We had in our mind that the result actually wasn't too important, not that we planned on losing," Te Huia said.

"We did some good things in the end and we did some horrible things but we got a few nerves out of the way.

"It was probably good for us to have that game and blow out the cobwebs because there were a few cobwebs to blow out. It highlighted a few things we need to work on and I think we were lucky it happened in that game."

In Southland's second game last night against Manawatu, Southland won 55-51.

Earlier in the day Manawatu had lost 66-38 to Hamilton.

Southland have just one game today, against Waitakere at 3.30pm. They will finish pool play tomorrow with games against powerhouses Auckland and Hamilton.


The Southland Times