Game one saw the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) U17 Hawkes Bay netball team take on Hamilton in the first pool match of the tournament. With weather conditions less than ideal the courts were slippery and errors were costly in the misty rain. EIT Hawkes Bay U17 was consistent in the first quarter with neither team giving nor creating opportunities to get ahead. However the second quarter saw Hamilton edge away, to be up by 3 goals at half time. EIT Hawkes Bay worked tirelessly in the final half of the match with a stellar performance by Kelsey McPhee shooting at 90% however not enough ball was delivered to her.
“It was a tough day at the office for our girls” states coach Lee-Anne Taylor, “a few errors can lead to a large change in the score and Hamilton was very proficient at converting turnover ball”.
Hamilton came out on top winning 37-21..
The second game of the day produced a much improved performance against Auckland 2. Turnover ball was converted by both shooters Reegan Brown and Kelsey McPhee. Yahaira Williams worked tirelessly picking up several key intercepts from wing defence. The attacking end was very clinical with strong work from Chanay Peri using her speed to get onto circle edge. The match was tight the whole game with the score 18-19 at half time. The final quarter was a tight fought battle with several lead changes and some stellar work from Olivia Macaulay at goal keeper. Auckland 2 came out on top 34-40. Kane Makea, assistant coach “The team took a massive step up and took feedback from the first game to put it out on the court for the second. While the result wasn’t in our favour, the performance was creditable”.