Tu Toa to defend title
One of New Zealand's smallest schools will take on one of New Zealand's biggest when Tu Toa faces Mt Albert Grammar in today's Secondary Schools netball final.
Tu Toa, a co-ed school of almost 80 pupils in Palmerston North will take on an Auckland-based co-ed school with a roll of more than 2500 at the SBS Stadium in Timaru.
The schools met in last year's final and Tu Toa were victorious.
Since they entered the competition in 2005, Tu Toa have finished no worse than fifth, winning the title in 2009 as well as last year.
Tu Toa is a largely correspondence-based school at Massey University.
Mt Albert Grammar is gunning for their second title in their ninth consecutive appearance at the tournament. They won the title in 2010 and were runners-up in 2008, 2009 and last year.
The final will begin at 1.40pm today.
Day Three, Bottom Eight, Round Two: Wellington East 45 Trident High School 27; Palmerston North Girls' High School 50 Marian College 35; Sacred Heart Lower Hutt 36 Marlborough Girls' College 28; Westlake Girls' 31 Waimea 23.
Top Eight Round Two: Mt Albert Grammar 39 Avondale 21; St Margaret's College 38 St Mary's 33; Tu Toa 35 Waikato Diocesan 30; Baradene 35 Craighead 23.
Bottom Eight Round Three: Marian College 52 Marlborough Girls' 43 ET; Waimea 39 Trident High School 29; Wellington East 37 Westlake Girls 34; Sacred Hearts 38 Palmerston North Girls' High School 24.
Top Eight Round Three: Mt Albert Grammar 39 Baradene 26; Waikato Diocesan 40 St Mary's 33 ET; Tu Toa 39 St Margaret's 20; Avondale 32 Craighead 31.