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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Trust Waikato Hamilton City U19 team, who won at the Netball NZ U19 Championships. Photo: Michael Bradley Photography.

Age-group representative netball has been strong in the Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty (Netball WBOP) Zone this year, with the region well represented at both Netball New Zealand’s U17 and U19 Championships.

Netball WBOP was represented at the NNZ U19s by Trust Waikato Hamilton City and Harbourside Netball Centres, with Hamilton City walking away with the overall title, beating Manawatu 36 -31 in the final. Congratulations go to Amorangi Malesala, Sydney Fraser, Lisa Mather, and Lyanne Eukaliti, who all gave stand-out performances and were selected in the tournament team.

“I’m pretty thrilled with the effort they put out there today,” said Hamilton City coach Rebecca Gabel after the game.

“Manawatu were always going to be tough. I’m just really proud of my girls and the way they’ve come together this week. We’re a relatively new team and so to see them all come together in this way has been the real highlight.”

Harbourside performed well to break into the top 12, with a strong win in their final game over Auckland-based Howick Pakuranga, earning them a reputable 11th placing on the national table.

The Zone was also represented superbly in regards to umpires and technical officials, with Ashlee Numa appointed as reserve umpire for the final and Jackie Smith working the technical officials bench during the final as well. Congratulations to all involved for your achievements!

Netball WBOP was also strongly represented at the NNZ U17 Championships in Pukekohe this past week with teams from Trust Waikato Hamilton City, Ko Rua Cluster, Thames Valley, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Eastern Waikato, Gisborne, Harbourside, and Rotorua.

Hamilton City A, Eastern Waikato, Eastern Bay of Plenty and Harbourside all impressed, making top 16 playoffs and contesting finals places. All Netball WBOP teams showed grit and determination throughout the tournament, gaining crucial experience that is essential for player development.

Congratulations go to Emily Ussher from Eastern Waikato and Khiarna Williams from Eastern BOP, who were both named in the Tournament team and Eastern Waikato umpire Wids Wilson selected to umpire the final.

For younger players in the region, Rotorua Energy Events Centre is hosting the ANZ futureFERNS Festival Day Sunday 30 July. ANZ futureFERNS Festival Days are a celebration of Netball for Yr 1-6 players providing the opportunity to get involved in Netball and meet Magic players!

For more information and to register visit www.sporty.co.nz/rotoruanetball

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