Jen Hooper delighted with U-17 intensity lift
The South Canterbury under-17 netball team earned the confidence boost it needed with a 37-29 win over Nelson in its final pool game at the national tournament in Hastings yesterday.
A strong middle two quarters helped the team to the win, with the result ensuring there would be no repeat of the last place finish in the 32-team competition 12 months ago.
South Canterbury coach Jen Hooper said if her team played with the same intensity today they could be contenders for more victories in the 17 to 24 bracket.
Hooper said her team refused to be drawn into an aerial game because the team has a height disadvantage against most teams.
She said they used their fitness and speed of the ball when passing to do most of the damage.
She said Roncalli wing defence Emma Goddard played well to mark her Nelson counterpart out of the game, while Craighead's Georgia Greig continued to impress at centre.
"The girls stuck to the gameplan well and in the second and third quarter we made the most of our opportunities and built a good lead," Hooper said.
"In the fourth quarter we also shot at 100 per cent. Seeing that Nelson was a beatable team gave the team a boost and they executed the gameplan really well."
With an eight goal lead heading into the final quarter, Hooper took the opportunity to give all her squad some game time.
The inexperienced players showed they could compete by extending the winning margin in a strong showing ahead of two games today.
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