Two title wins for Dunedin teams

Good defence . . . Year 10 Otago Girls' High School pupil Lavinia Penese (14) guards a Lincoln High School player at the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Netball Tournament in Christchurch earlier this month. PHOTO SUPPLIED: BRIDGITT ROBINSON

An historic double Dunedin victory at the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Netball Tournament has seen two Dunedin schools win both the year 9 and 10 divisions for the first time ever.

The tournament was held in Christchurch from July 8-10.

It has been a long time coming for St Hilda’s Collegiate, which defeated Christchurch Girls’ High School 45-21 in the final of the year 9 competition to claim its first ever South Island Junior title.

St Hilda’s has always had success at the tournament and has even played in a few finals before, but has never been able to take the final step until now.

St Hilda’s – and former Silver Ferns – coach Janine Southby said she was “very excited for the girls”.

“From a coaching point of view, it was exciting to see how the girls adapted to the various challenges over the week and also how they kept getting better with each game, playing a high standard of netball at times.”

Taieri College was able to claim its second South Island title having previously won the year 9 grade back in 2014.

It beat Christchurch Girls’ High School 38-29 in the year 10 final.

It is also the first Dunedin-based school to win the year 10 competition in more than 20 years.

Taieri College coaches Angie Beattie and Sally Thompson said they were absolutely stoked with their team’s result.

They also added that it was especially difficult after a number of their players became unwell during the tournament.

“The team was only running on adrenaline in the final.”

Meanwhile, Columba College claimed the Team Sportsmanship Award for the year 9 competition, as well as being the runner-up for the award in the year 10 competition.

The event, which was held in Christchurch, was made up of three grades: years 9 and 10 teams, and a combined year 9 and 10 competition.

St Hilda’s year 10 team placed fifth in the competition, Columba College came 17th and Otago Girls’ High School placed 24th out of 31 teams.

Otago Girls’ also placed 14th out of 31 teams in the combined year 9 and 10 grade, while Kavanagh College placed 21st.