Junior SISS Netball Tournament
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Junior SISS Netball Tournament
Over the first week of the July holidays, Dunstan High School 10A and 9A netball attended the South Island Secondary School Junior Netball Tournament in Christchurch.

 A large number of teams from across the South Island competed in the tournament, and Dunstan is extremely proud of the development and achievements of both our junior teams while away. 

9A netball team report: 

The 9A netballers were excited to be experiencing their second tournament for the season. The team was exposed to a high level of competition, unfortunately not coming away with any wins on the first day, but gaining lots of experience. With players succumbing to sickness there were lots of new combinations trialed. The team was able to watch some of the top Year 10 teams in the South Island playing and all took a lot of learning from watching these games. The team were able to put their learning into practice and came away with a win on the 3rd day against Verdon College. The 9A team were awarded with the Year 9 Team Sportsmanship Award which was awarded by the umpires to one team who continuously demonstrated fair play and good sportsmanship throughout the tournament. 

The 9A team are very grateful for all the sponsors that made this tournament possible. 

10A netball team report:

10A have had a great season that has unfortunately been hampered by illness leading up to the tournament. However, the team has proved to be incredibly versatile, with players being pulled from their normal positions and put elsewhere on the court, proving it didn't matter where they were put, they all rose to every challenge and performed like they had played in the new positions their whole lives. Our rangatahi can be very proud, as we are of them as coach and management, it demonstrated why they were selected for the 10A team.

We set off to Canterbury leaving the heavy frost and snow behind us, to arrive at our excellent accommodation, to set us up for a great rest, ready to hit the courts for three days of Netball. 

10A played seven games, and won four of them which was an amazing result. Day two was eventually rained off which could have possibly seen them sitting in the bottom end of the top 16. 10A won their first game of day two in torrential rain 29-3, only then to have the day cancelled, and the possible points from that game not counting towards final results. This resulted in a final against the same school as last year with a close competitive game, pulling back from being down to take the win.

We were lucky enough to have great parent support also on the sideline which I know the girls really appreciated. They played hard, had great sportsmanship and had a fantastic time away with great memories made. 

This article was originally posted on: July, 28th 2022