Morrinsville Intermediate girls win title
Morrinsville Intermediate School are celebrating a second consecutive national title after a great performance during the school holidays.
The team of Alysha Priestley, Ella Wilton, Mackenzie Taylor, Zarnia Herewini-Wilson, Alison Priestley, Tiana Parker, Sophie Hamilton, Te Kawhi King-Tamihana-Toby and Jazmine Clark-Cook competed in the New Zealand Junior Netball Festival in Taupo.
Their well-worked set plays and outstanding defence paid off as they took out the year 8 title.
Last year, the same group of girls won the year 7 title.
The team, MIS Bulletz, was coached by teacher Natalia Taylor.
They played four games on the Saturday morning, getting off to a fantastic start by hammering Hamilton's St Peter Chanel Catholic School 40-4.
The Bulletz then beat the country's largest intermediate school - Tauranga Intermediate School - 20-14, before thrashing Taupo's Mountview School 44-6, then losing 22-18 to Howick Intermediate School.
The next day, the Bulletz took on Cambridge Middle School in the semifinals.
It was another very lopsided contest, with Morrinsville winning 43-3.
That set up another meeting with Howick Intermediate in the final.
The Bulletz played two brilliant quarters and took a good lead into the third stanza.
However, Howick came back fighting and looked like creeping ahead on the scoreboard.
In the last quarter, the Bulletz girls dug deep and played hard to take the contest 21-17 and claim the title.
Like their dedication on the court, the Morrinsville Intermediate players were equally committed before the event, fundraising through raffles and cake stalls to cover their accommodation and tournament entry fees.