Comfortable wins start title defence
Craighead Diocesan School have eased into the defence of their South Island Secondary Schools' netball title with two comfortable wins in Dunedin, yesterday.
Craighead coach Barry Tucker rested several of his key players throughout the day and opted to give his whole squad a run on the first day.
The two-time defending champions downed Dunstan High School 44-26 in the morning and then beat a physical Christchurch Girls' High School team 51-26.
Tucker said his team were pleased to get rid of their first-game nerves while resting players and giving opportunities to the entire squad.
Georgia Greig was one of the few to see regular game time. However, it was in three different mid-court positions: wing attack, wing defence and centre, with Tucker more than happy with what he saw.
He also praised the efforts of goal keeper Emily Coughlan and her intercept ability, while Maddie Lysaght at goal attack and Grace Williams at wing attack proved they were capable off the bench.
Roncalli College started their campaign with a 35-28 win over St Kevin's College, but succumbed Taieri College 27-26.
Roncalli College coach Martina O'Toole said they put a lot of emphasis on the opening game, and although they trailed by as many as eight goals to Taieri, she was heartened by the comeback which was halted when time ran out.
Geraldine High School had two defeats. They lost 43-24 to Marian College and then 39-31 to Waitaki Girls' High School.
In section B; Timaru Girls' High School's (TGHS) first game against Hillmorton High School was a test of determination with TGHS coming out on top 37-36.
Coach Brenda Hall was impressed with team unity and character.
The afternoon game against Golden Bay High School proved a chance to rest key players as the half time score was 27-8 to TGHS
After the fulltime score 55-14, all players had taken the court and are looking forward to the challenge against South Otago today.
Mackenzie College also had two wins, 41-36 over Kavanagh College and 48-16 over Cromwell College.
Opihi College had a win and a loss while Waimate High School had two defeats. Mountainview High School had a win and a loss in the C grade competition.