Hutt News : September 20th 2011
60 HUTT NEWS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 SPORT Kids get a buzz from netball clash By AMY JACKMAN Throw in: Jaimie Nash from Dyer Street Primary is guarded by Shane Jumao-As from Avalon as she looks to pass the ball. Snatched up: Josiah Tutagalevao from Avalon Primary grabs an intercept off Laurence Aiavao from Rata St. Back up: Sarah Pihema of Rata St B looks for someone to pass to through a sea of Rata St A players, from left, Piper Gerraty, Keletiola Kamoto and Abisak Ngai. Aerial play: Ezra Sione from Avalon School contests for the ball with Johnny Hadfield from Rata St School. My ball: Asafo Seumalu from Avalon Boys' team tries to figure out how to pass around Rata St GK Tireque Malila The Rata St A netball team took out the year 6 grade at the Frazer Zone netball tournament last Wednesday, capping off a success- ful season that also included win- ning the Primary 1 grade of the Saturday competition. The team will join four others from the Frazer zone in the Hutt Valley inter-zone netball tourna- ment on Sept 13. Coach Jan Peniata says she is really proud of her team and how much they have improved during the season. It's the first time [they have won] in a long time for the school and the girls are just rapt. All the skills they had been using on Saturdays were there, like the passing and knowing where to go. I'm really proud of them.'' The Fraser zone tournament had a year 6 grade, a boys grade and a year 4 learners grade. The teams played five rounds with the winner and runner-up from the year 6 and boys grade going through to the inter-zone tournament. The only year 5 team to enter from Rata Street will also go to the inter-zone tournament. The year 6 grade runners-up were Naenae, who narrowly lost 13-11 to Rata St A in the fourth round. The boys grade came right down to the final round clash between Avalon and Rata St Boys A, who had both won all their previous games. Avalon took the title with a resounding 9-0 win. Josiah Tutagalevao from Avalon Primary School, 10, says he enjoyed the tournament especially being in the winning the boys team. We played our hardest and I'm proud for the school. The best thing is playing and supporting other teams, playing around with each other and getting on with each other.'' Organiser of the tournament Liz Whittington, a teacher from Avalon Primary School, says the day went really well. It's about participation and getting as many kids to play as possible. So we've had a really good day. Getting boys involved to come and enjoy the sport as well has been nice.'' I think because we provide a tournament for children that do play netball every Saturday, right down to little year 4 learners who are playing for the first time. Giv- ing every child a chance to partici- pate is huge.''
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