In the first week of the school holidays U15 centre representative teams and some Year 9 centre representative teams from the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone travelled to New Plymouth to participate in the North Island U15 Netball Championship which ran from 8 to 10 July.
There were four grades within the competition; A, B, C and D. A, B and C grade had 16 teams and D grade had eight teams, with 56 teams participating in total.
The competition consisted of pool play followed by cross overs then semi finals and finals for most grades.
In A grade, EBOP U15 Premier was the highest placed at 10th with Hamilton City U15A 15th and Rotorua 16th meaning that in 2019 both Hamilton City A and Rotorua will automatically be relegated to B grade. Harbourside won the B grade so in 2019 they will be promoted to A grade.
Eastern Waikato placed fifth, Thames Valley seventh and Cambridge 16th and as a result Cambridge will be relegated to C grade in 2019. Hamilton City U15B won the C grade and in 2019 they will be promoted into B grade.
Hamilton City Year 9 was fifth, EBOP U15A sixth and Gisborne ninth.
In the D grade Harbourside U15 Development were runners up so in 2019 will be promoted into C grade, overall a great result for Harbourside U15 and Harbourside U15 Development and Hamilton City U15B.
Atlanta Bruce from Trust Waikato Hamilton City Netball Centre U15A team was named in the A grade championship team which is an awesome achievement.
Riley Bartosh and Sarah Wilson from Harbourside and Charnt Fletcher and Marewakiterangi Samson from Eastern Waikato were named in the B grade championship team. Lexie Mutch, Maia Ormsby from Harbourside U15 Development, Emma Wilke from Hamilton City and Hannah Veitch from Gisborne were named in the C/D grade
combined championship team.
Congratulations to all players named in tournament teams.
Umpire Will Kopa from Eastern Waikato umpired the A grade final and Stacey King from Hamilton City received a merit award, a great result for these umpires.
In the same week U19 centre representative teams from the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone travelled to the U19 Nationals held in Tauranga from 9 to 12 July. Sixteen teams entered this annual competition this year and there was again pool play then crossovers and final play offs.
The final was between Wellington and Auckland with Auckland the overall winners. The highest placed Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone team was Hamilton City U19 who placed fifth overall. Eastern Waikato was ranked 11th and Harbourside 16th, a great experience for the teams involved.
Lyanne Eukaliti and Summer Parekura from Trust Waikato Hamilton City Netball Centre U19 team were named in the tournament team, another outstanding achievement.
Umpire Wids Wilson from Eastern Waikato was reserve umpire for the U19 final, a real testament to his umpiring skills and abilities.
Also at the NNZ U19 Championships were six Hamilton City Netball Centre bench officials including Belinda Clark who organised the bench officials for the tournament and Edna Brown who was there as a bench official marker for NNZ. Ann Scott and Tere Muriwai attained their NNZ National accreditation and Josiena Mourits and Louise Bridgman revalidated their NNZ National accreditation.
In total the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone had a total of 12 bench officials appointed to the tournament, including Sandy Cassells from Te Awamutu who gained her NNZ National accreditation,and Dianne Gillingham and Janice Allen from Matamata revalidated their NNZ National accreditation. This is a credit to the Zone.
In the second week of the school holidays U17 centre representative teams from the Zone travelled to Palmerston North to participate in the NNZ Age Group U17 Championship which ran from 16 to 19 July.
Forty two teams participated in the only NNZ tournament that is still held outdoors.
Teams were placed into eight pools for pool play then the top 16 teams played off in cross overs and finals as did the remaining teams.
The results for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone teams saw Hamilton City U17A placed 10th, Eastern Waikato 13th, Eastern Bay of Plenty 14th, Thames Valley 16th, Harbourside 19th, Hamilton City U17B 34th, Gisborne 35th and Rotorua 41st .
Anahia Noble and Manaia Rapana from the Trust Waikato Hamilton City Netball Centre U17A and Khiarna Williams from Eastern Bay of Plenty were named in the tournament team, an outstanding achievement.
Overall it was a highly successful result for all teams and something the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone centre can be proud of.
All are great events and are a key stepping stone for players, umpires and bench officials along the development pathway.