THE Eastern Bay team dominated the under-15 North Island Netball Championships in New Plymouth last week.
The team capped off a superb season by sweeping through the tournament’s B grade. The Eastern Bay team were unbeaten on their way to earning the title and promotion to the A grade for next year’s tournament.
Nearly 50 teams competed in the three-day tournament, held in New Plymouth every year. It included three grades of 16 teams.
Eastern Bay beat Cambridge 41-29 and Waitakere 2 39-27 in pool play before beating Pukekohe 44-23 in the semi-final. Eastern Bay were too strong for Waitakere year 9 in the final, winning 50-36. Khiarna Williams, Coralee Graham, Nikeal Williams and Aaria Williams were named in the B grade tournament team and Khiarna was the tournament’s best overall shooter.
Eastern Bay under-15 coach Tania-Rose Taitoko said there were two main reasons for the team’s success.
“They won the competition by trusting the process and being focused on a team effort. They were the top under-15 team in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay this season and won rep tournaments in Te Awamutu, Whakatane, Rotorua, Habourside and Mt Maunganui.
“The core group has been together from year 6 representative teams and have worked hard over the years to get this far. I have to say a huge thanks to wider coaching team of Te Ahuru Waititi, Ardelle Williams, Ngarori Waititi and all the supporters and parents. Also a special thanks to Eastern Bay committee for getting us there.”
The championship-winning team also included Angel Peita, Motoi Harawira, Georgina Rangi, Rayarn Tamati, Finau Mafi, Kimiora Tahana and was managed by Suzy Kotuhi.
The Eastern Bay also had a year 9 team that competed in the C grade, finishing eighth while the under-15 development team placed 16th.
Meanwhile, an Eastern Bay team is competing at the New Zealand under-17 championships in Auckland this week. They beat Thames Valley 32-31 in their first game yesterday and in the afternoon beat North Harbour 2 38-36.