Enjoyable season for Gore High teams

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Gore High School has six junior netball teams entered in the Eastern netball competition at the MLT Event Centre this season. Many of these young players have stepped up and became umpires this year. Gore High School pupil Mackenzie Thompson (13) said the 9A team was enjoying the season’s challenges so far. ‘‘So far, the season has consisted of a mixture of wins and losses. Our team works well together and our coaches give useful feedback. I’m having fun and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,’’ Mackenzie said. Gore High 10A placed fifth out of 24 at the SISS Junior Netball Tournament in Christchurch during the school holidays. Gore High pupil Natalie Hogg
(15) said the tournament was very good. ‘‘We went up there thinking we weren’t going to do very well but we did,’’ Natalie said. The Gore High netball club held the ball parade atthe school hall on June 18. This event is the club’s major fundraiser and Ms McKinlay said a lot of people attended the night which was great to see. Gore High Senior A has been having some great games in the premier grade. Vice captain Hope Rae (16) said the team was new and had gotten off to a good start. However, it was still aiming to improve each week. ‘‘We are a very competitive team who love the game,’’ Hope said. Gore High Senior B has also been having an enjoyable season. ‘‘As a team we are getting better each week and it’s good to see the girls’ confidence improving each week,’’ captain Olivia Samson (17) said. ‘‘We are a competitive team but all go out on the court to have fun. We play as a team twice a week, due to league games on a Wednesday, which has helped us improve together as a team.’’ Gore High Senior C captain Sarah Miller (17) said the team was working well together but getting a mixture of results. Gore High Senior Gold has had a very successful season so far. Player Lily Clague (17) said the team had won every game bar one. ‘‘The girls all enjoy it and get along nicely. It’s great fitness and good fun,’’ Lily said.