Defending champs win preseason tournament


Prices Pharmacy has secured back-to-back Geraldine Hodgson Tournament preseason netball titles.

The defending champions went unbeaten through the tournament at Saxton Stadium on the weekend and easily defeated Jacks OPD 23-10 in the decider.

Prices Pharmacy were only tested by Stoke NBS in the semifinal, while Jacks OPD overcame a pool play loss to Marlborough Girls’ College to extract revenge when it mattered most and make the decider.

Prices coach, Mandy Whiting says her girls had to work hard for the win over Jacks, and the score was not a true indication of the tightly-contested game.

New recruit Rayna Olsen came in for praise as she adjusted to wing attack, while the defensive duo of Sarah Steele and Dayna Whiting displayed great communication as they read one another’s play.

Jacks’ coach Robyn Leonard felt her charges played “pretty good” considering they were without classy mid courters Jodi Hikuroa-Jeffery and Jess Drummond. Young Holly Young took her opportunities in their absence and impressed, while defender Jordan Webby could be well pleased with her efforts. It was a similar story in the B Grade with Stoke Sportswise Stars having the perfect record, which culminated in their 21-17 win over another previously unbeaten team in Marlborough’s Tokomaru.

Rival Jade took out the C Grade, while Golden Bay High School and Collingwood Area School will have their names engraved on the D & E Grade trophies respectively.

Motueka High School 10A claimed the Collegiate spoils while the classy Christchurch Revelation Amma’s Angels were superior in the Junior Grade. Nelson Netball was delighted to see an increase in team numbers from 35 to 54. The premier netball season is scheduled to start on Thursday May 19, while senior, college and junior netball will start on May 14. The season will run through until September.