College youngsters make tournament top four

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Nelson College for Girls had an extremely successful outing at the South Island Secondary Schools Junior Development Tournament held in Christchurch last week.

NCG 9A team finish fourth at the tournament with NCG 10A finishing fifth.

Three games on the first two days is relatively hard going however with the correct build up and fitness levels the girls were still going strong by the end of the day two.

The Year 10 draw had been seeded for the first time and Nelson 10A opened their account with a convincing 35-13 win over Marlborough Girls College.  Christchurch Girls could be considered Nelson’s “boogie” team, as they certainly did not play to their potential and were punished 18-29, however they bounced back with a commanding 45-20 victory over South Otago.

Day two saw Nelson recording a 30-28 win over Southland Girls, and a strong performance was rewarded with a 45-29 over St Hilda’s Collegiate.

It was possibly a solitary minute’s lapse in play in the fourth quarter against Marian College which cost Nelson a top four finish. Just a couple of critical moments which resulted in turnover ball and unforced errors meant Nelson were on the wrong side of the ledger (26-28) at the final whistle.

Another strong performance against Roncalli College 36-17 meant Nelson faced Waimea 10A in the play off for fifth. Waimea had bragging rights going into the game as they had came out on top on each of the previous outings this season however Nelson’s game plan came into fruition which required everyone to work together. The plan created turn-over ball, which was treasured and the shooters finished it off by putting the ball through the hoop to win 34-24.

Coach Lyn Fleming said she was extremely pleased with her charges as they “put it altogether” throughout the tournament. The girls played much better than they have been playing in the local competition, and the “tweaking” of combinations paid dividends. The girls are versatile and can play more than one position which meant that there was not a problem in adhering to the recommended one and half games per day per player. They did not appear to have any difficulty in adjusting to playing outside considering their club netball is played indoors at Saxton Stadium.

Goal defence Jaime Archer was “talent identified” on the back of some strong performances. She came together nicely with Alex Whitford to establish a formidable defensive partnership. Alex was the surprise package, as she went from strength to strength as she stepped up against the tougher opposition.

The shooters returned commendable statistics of around 82-85 per cent, with the ever-reliable Lydia Swaney at goal attack who just goes out and gets the job done. She is the total package as she takes more than her fair share of centre passes. Goal shoots Tia Van Diepan and Lauren Chaney also came in for praise.