Saint Kentigern College has broken Mt Albert Grammar Schools’ hold on the NZ Secondary Schools Champs trophy, with a 35 - 34 victory at the Walter Nash Centre in Lower Hutt this afternoon.
In a closely fought contest – a repeat of last year’s Grand Final - it was Saint Kentigern College’s strong third quarter that propelled them to victory capping off an impressive tournament.
Saint Kentigern College started the better of the two teams, strong defensive pressure handing them an 11-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was a different story, with Mount Albert Grammar School showing their composure and experience to take a four goal lead at half-time, 21-17.
With the lead changing hands again, Saint Kentigern College took the ascendency in the all-important third quarter. A clinical display and precision shooting seeing them take the lead 28-27.
With four minutes to play in the final quarter and the crowd roaring in support, Saint Kentigern found themselves with their noses in front by four goals.
As the clock wound down, Saint Kentigern College held the slimmest of margins – one goal – as Mount Albert Grammar School tried valiantly to draw level in the final minutes.
When the final whistle blew, the jubilation for Saint Kentigern College was clear – winners of the 2016 NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs, 35-34.
1 – Saint Kentigern College
2 – Mount Albert Grammar School
3 – Manukura
4 – Epsom Girls Grammar
5 – St Mary’s College
6 – Wellington East Girls’ College
7 – St Margaret’s College
8 – Rotorua Girls’ High School
9 – Southland Girls’ High School
10 – Palmerston North Girls’ High School
11 – St Hilda’s Collegiate
12 – Aorere College
13 – Wellington Girls’ College
14 – Baradene College
15 – St Andrew’s College
16 – Marlborough Girls’ College
Ainsleyanna Puleiata - St Mary's College
Ashleigh Garner - Saint Kentigern College
Bianca Nagaiya - Epsom Girls' Grammar
Braxton Te Riini - Manukura
Elle Temu - Mt Albert Grammar
Emily Autangavaia - Manukura
Greer Sinclair - Epsom Girls' Grammar
Kasey Price - Mt Albert Grammar
Lahaina-Lee Upu-Toparea - Mt Albert Grammar
Lily Marshall - St Margaret's College
Lyric Faleafanga - St Mary's College
Mererangi Paul - Saint Kentigern College
Renee Savai'inaea - St Mary's College
Saviour Tui - St Mary's College
Tayla Earle - Saint Kentigern College
Theresa Ngata - Aorere College
Tiana Metuarau - Wellington East Girls' College
Victoria Kolose - Saint Kentigern College
Shooter of the Tournament: Tiana Metuarau (Wellington East Girls' College)
Midcourter of the Tournament: Ainsleyanna Puleiata (St Mary's College)
Defender of the Tournament: Renee Savai'inaea (St Mary's College)