And another makes three
It was three in a row for defending champions Altitude, whose commanding full-court performance last Saturday took out the Wakatipu New World Netball Centre premier title.
Chico’s/ABL came out firing and looked formidable in taking the first quarter by two goals, their shooters looking particularly impressive with coolly slotted shots from anywhere in the circle.
But in the second quarter Altitude found their rhythm and fought back to lead 27-18. Despite the valiant efforts of Chico’s/ABL and their huge crowd support, Altitude continued to pull away, finishing the third quarter 13 goals ahead to take the match convincingly by 52-36.
The hard-fought Senior A grand final between Cougars Security and Executive Accommodation had the crowd in full voice – there were cheers, groans and plenty of bitten nails as the lead constantly changed hands.
Cougar took the first quarter 15-13 but by halftime Executive had levelled at 28-28.
The third quarter ended with Executive ahead 45-43 but Cougar dug deep in the last quarter and in the final three minutes forced and converted crucial turnovers to take the game, 59-55.
It was a fairytale season ending for fourth-ranked Cougar, who last week knocked out competition leaders WHS2 to win a grand final spot.
Season’s end was celebrated with a bang the same night at the annual rugby/netball prizegiving and knees-up at Memorial Hall.
A huge crowd turned out and it was a great night. Big thanks to Kay O’Connell and her helpers for their time and effort in once again making the night such a success.
Premier: Famous Kelly’s 36 WHS Base 18, Yr 10A 26 Harcourts 20, WHS 1 26 GRC 14, Altitude 52 Chico’s/ABL 36. Senior A: Yr 10B 25 Lakes Environmental 18, WHS 3 27 Glenorchy 14, WHS 2 24 YR9 19, Cougar Security 59 Executive Accom 55.
Senior A: Winners – Cougar Security; Runners Up – Executive Accommodation; Plate Final – WHS 3; Senior A Conduct Cup – Executive Accommodation. Premier: Winners – Altitude; Runners Up – Chico’s/ABL; Plate Final – Famous Kelly’s; First Round Cup – Altitude; Premier Conduct Cup – joint winners High School 1 and Chico’s/ABL Other awards: Most Valuable Premier Players – Sarah Evans and Alysse Riach; Most Valuable Senior A Player – Teleia Reid; Most Promising Player – Miranda Hayes; Contribution to Wakatipu Netball Club – Ruth Collins.