All teams had last weekend off due to Constitution Day celebrations and no doubt all will be looking forward to today’s games.
One of the highlights of the first three rounds of competition was the inclusion of four school teams, and two of them will be going head to head this weekend, with Tereora A facing off against Tereora B.
Tereora College principal Tania Morgan said the girls were “very excited” to get back on court.
“Most of them no doubt had a very busy holidays taking part in the Te Maeva Nui celebrations but it will be great to have netball back on again,” she said.
With one of the two teams first starting out in the premier competition, Morgan said the girls certainly felt more comfortable shifting to the 17U grade.
“They are a lot more comfortable, but really they are just happy to play, no matter what the grade,” said Morgan. “They are all really enjoying playing as a team with their friends and peers and representing Tereora.”
Morgan said one of the positives of resurrecting the school teams is the unearthing of new talent.
“We have been lucky that a couple of girls have been found who haven’t actually played netball before because they might have been doing other sports instead,” she said. “But they have really found their feet and have some real talent.”
Having both teams now in the 17U grade, Morgan said the comradery between the two was a pleasure to see.
“The girls train together and, due to the way the schedule is, it usually means that one team is able to travel to support the other, which goes to show that not just their team spirit is alive but also it shows our overall school spirit on display.”
Tereora College A team captain Manamea Koteka said the early weeks of the competition had certainly been a challenge but she felt her team were building nicely and will continue to improve throughout the competition.
The game will take place at the Tupapa courts due to the Kuki Festival taking place at the Takuvaine Sports complex.
Schools team v Ngatangiia/Matavera Sea Eagles: 9am start. Titikaveka Pearls v Avatiu Dragonflies: 9am start. Arorangi Flames v Tupapa Panthers: 10am start.