South Canterbury plays for pride

The South Canterbury under-17 netball team will play for 29th to 32nd place at the national championships in Auckland today.

South Canterbury suffered a frustrating 37-36 loss to Kapiti yesterday and could not match it with Waipa, losing 43-27.

South Canterbury came back from nine goals down early in the fourth quarter against Kapiti before losing the game on a last-gasp penalty.

Waipa were too strong, particularly in the shooting circle, by contrast, South Canterbury shot just 52 per cent.

By the start of the fourth quarter coach Jen Hooper realised the only way they could win the game was by turning the ball over.

She tried a combination they had never toyed with even in practice. Jaymee Cannell and Kate Braddick formed a partnership in the defensive circle, while Kate Shaw shifted out to wing defence and Emma Goddard transitioned into centre.

''They never gave up on that game and fought so hard,'' Hooper said.

''It was important for them to realise they didn't lose that game in the last minute because we had periods earlier in the game where we switched off.''

South Canterbury were always chasing the game against Waipa with Laura Dorgan working overtim eat goal attack and shooting at 73 per cent. Hooper said the team had to approach today like they had two finals.

''We have to show some heart and it's about playing for pride. It's frustrating because we've been too inconsistent and haven't put that perfect performance out there on court yet that I know we are capable of.'' South Canterbury will play Rotorua this morning.

Wellington will play Waitakere in the first semifinal, while Auckland 1 will face Dunedin in the other matchup.

The Timaru Herald