Young guns win battle of Waimea College

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Waimea College 10A upset the college’s senior A team in their first Premier 2 game, 28-25 at Saxton Stadium on Saturday.

The 10A team has just gained promotion to Premier 2 and, with a reverse seeding draw, played their A team which had been relegated from Premier 1.

But it was the 10A team that stepped up, leading for most of the game to record a sensational upset win.

The Senior A team broke the first centre pass and then scored off their own to be 2–0 up but that was the last they saw of the lead. The 10As displayed patience above their years and contained their eagerness to recover and score four unanswered goals to take the lead.

The 10As went into the first break leading 7–6 on the back of a near perfect shooting display by Harriet Ogilvie and Bailee Tava.

The A team introduced Georgia Davies at goal defence and her presence was immediate, applying pressure to the shot, rebounding strongly and generally tightening the circle defence. However the 10As rose to the occasion with dynamic centre Jess Kelly toiling through court to create the turnover ball.

Waimea 10A extended their lead to 15–12 at the end of the second quarter before the teams traded goals early in the third spell. However, the 10As found another gear to score five unanswered goals and push their lead out to seven before the A team closed to 17–23 with a quarter to go.

The A team fought back early in the final quarter, contesting every pass to score six unanswered and draw level.

Then the 10As scored four, two thanks to the crucial intercepts by diminutive goal keep Alex Bloomberg to secure the win. The other half of the formidable defensive duo, Maddi Springer, had a quieter game than her exceptional Premier 1 debut for the Seniors in last week’s promotion-relegation game but she still worked the circle well and was always available through court.

Demi Woolley shot well for the Senior A team converting all but four goals to give her side an average of 83 per cent. Harriet and Bailee recorded a solid 67 per cent despite shooting from long range against taller defenders.