Fresh new line up for the Senior Team of 2021
It was fantastic to have the Flora Beynon Trophy being contested for back in Greymouth after an 11 year absence from winning the trophy thanks to the 2020 team. This years team is a newly formed group of young talented players which included multiple Juniors as we build the team for future years.
This year we had six of the seven West Coast Secondary Schools competing for this special trophy and it was, as expected a hotly contested day! Games were 8 minute quarters to ensure players where not playing too much netball in one day.
In our pool we first came up against Westland HS, we started the game well being right in the contest up to half time. Westland made some smart changes and started to grow the gap in the third quarter, then finished very strong to take out the win. Our girls played very well for their first court time together and there were many positives to come out of this loss.
Second game in the pool had us taking on Karamea AS, this is a very small school so it was fantastic to see them in action! We had the opportunity to try out some new combinations allowing for many players to show off their skills in a range of positions. KAS were not to be taken lightly with their shooters being very accurate, however our through court defence put too much pressure on them giving our team good turnovers and converting in the shooting end.
Our playoff game was against old foes John Paul II HS for 3rd/4th positions. Many of our team plays with JPII players in the local club competition so it was great to see the contest between players who have been coached together throughout the season. This game was a tight contest with JPII and it could have gone either way with a few turnover here or there making the difference for which team converted more goals. We snuck out to a lead in the forth quarter building on some excellent play through out the game and took the win 27 – 21.
Very solid performance from a newly formed team, very exciting to see where this team will be in the near future with talent across the board and importantly players who can fill multiple positions. Well done girls!
Thank you to our many officials throughout the day – Krystal Dietrich, Jess Galibrath, Sue Smith, Nadia Lee, Sally Rae, Sammi Fahey, Kiana Gallion and two Buller HS players. Without these amazing volunteer umpires we would not have a game, we are so grateful there are so many experienced officials on the Coast!
In 2022 we will be up the road to Westport as Buller HS took out the win in a thrilling final, the team who won the trophy in the year prior gains hosting rights as well. This is the first time since 2014 that Buller HS have won the trophy, great to see netball improving across the board!