College team caps season with title

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This was an awesome way to cap off an amazing season and having four players making the tournament team is fantastic too.

The Blue Mountain College senior A netball team has won the B grade section of the South Island secondary schools tournament held in Christchurch.

Blue Mountain College teacher Janine Venz said the win was well-deserved after a lot of hard work.

“This is the first time we have won and we have been so close the past few years, including coming fourth last year,” Venz said.

The team, which played two games a day, won the final against Geraldine, 46-23, after beating Gore High School in the semifinal, 43-27.

Venz said the first days were tough for the team.

“We had a tough game against Cromwell College – we only won by one.

“I think they were down by six with four minutes to go,” she said.

Venz said when it came to finals day the Blue Mountain players lifted their game.

“They played really well on the last day, beating Gore High in the semi and then taking on Geraldine.

“This was an awesome way to cap off an amazing season and having four players making the tournament team is fantastic, too.”

Player Rachel Kummer (16) said the tournament and win was really good for the team.

“We really enjoyed the whole trip .. we all just played our best.”

Kummer said the highlight was simply being together as team.

“And beating Geraldine in the final – we almost doubled their score, so we were stoked with that,” she said.

It is now the end of the 2017 season for the Blue Mountain senior A side but Kummer said the players would be back next year.

“We will have our whole team apart from one of us, so hopefully, we will be stronger next year.”

The team will be placed in the A grade section in the South Island secondary schools tournament next year.

Acting principal Peter Davies said he was absolutely stoked with the team’s success.

“The hard work from the girls and coaches paid off,” Davies said.

“They have done a lot of training and are a good, tight team.

“Vicky has done an awesome job as coach, too.”

All the Eastern Southland high schools that played in the B grade competition received a placing within the top five:

B grade results:

1: Blue Mountain College; 2: Geraldine; 3: Gore High School; 4: Nayland College; 5: Menzies College.