Victory for CHS netball

Cambridge High School’s winning Junior Premier team from left, back row: Emelia Dobson, Elsie Williams, Anica van den Berg, Marlie van den Berg, Ashley Bennett. Front row: Aishlyn Lawton, Kendyl Cowley, Kaylee Honiss, Brea McDonald, Keelah Bodle.

Cambridge High School’s Junior Premier netball team have finished up the netball season as champions of their age group, taking out the Year 10 league in Hamilton on September 8.

“I’m really proud of what they’ve accomplished over the season,” said their coach Lana Purdon. “They worked hard and applied so much determination throughout the season to continue growing in their abilities and understanding of the game of netball.”

Kaylee Honiss

Their final game against Hamilton Girls High School, whom they had lost to by one point in the semi-final, was a very tight match. By the end of the first quarter the CHS girls held the lead, but then by half time the Hamilton girls were ahead by two goals. By the end of the third quarter it was a draw, leaving an all-or-nothing final quarter to determine the winner. But the CHS girls prevailed, with a final winning score of 24 – 22.

“They knew what they wanted, understood what it took to get there, and then applied themselves – individually and as a team – to achieve their goal,” said Purdon. “I could not have asked for a more dedicated bunch of girls.

“All players have worked diligently to improve their skills and they really came together to help and encourage each other to perform to the best of their ability.

“I can’t wait to see what is next for all of them.”

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