The final four teams to fight it out for the Anna Rowberry Cup at the Netball NZ U17 Champs are all the usual suspects, bar one.
Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch – all winners of the title over the past four years – have again played their way through to tomorrow’s semi-finals at the Pukekohe Netball Centre. But the young Howick Pakuranga side is the giant-slayer joining them.
Howick Pakuranga boasts a team of predominantly Year 11 players. They beat Taranaki 37-20 in this morning’s top 16 playoff match, to come up against a more experienced Trust Waikato Hamilton City in the quarterfinals. But with their strong defence and steady shooters, the Howick Pakuranga side caused a minor upset in outgunning Hamilton, 32-20.
They will now line-up against defending champions Wellington Black A in tomorrow morning’s semi-final clash. Wellington continued their determined march towards the final with two almost identical victories today – 44-21 over Hawkes Bay, and 44-19 over Manawatu in the quarter-final.
Auckland 1 were also in decisive form, knocking Harbourside out of contention with a 72-21 defeat, before coming up against their sister side, Auckland 2, and winning 35-22.
Their semis opponents, Christchurch, had a tougher battle to make it through to the top four, with a one-goal win over North Harbour 1, 35-34. But in their quarter-final square-off with Eastern Waikato, the tall timber and fast mid-court in the South Island side proved too strong in the last game of the afternoon, winning 40-33.
Tomorrow’s final will be played at 2.45pm at the Pukekohe Netball Centre – the first time a national tournament has been played there.
All of the placings of the 38 teams in this year’s Netball NZ U17 Champs will be determined on tomorrow’s final day. The four-day outdoor tournament, featuring more than 450 talented young players from throughout the country, is the largest event on Netball New Zealand’s calendar.
Day 3 Results
Team A Team B
Trust Waikato Hamilton City B47V27Mid Canterbury
Wellington B Gold47V30Nelson
Kapi Mana19V25Hutt Valley
Thames Valley35V33North Canterbury
Wellington Black A44V21Hawke's Bay
Eastern Bay of Plenty26V38Trust Waikato Hamilton City A
Eastern Waikato43V34Waitakere 2
North Harbour 225V55Auckland 2
Taranaki20V37Howick Pakuranga A
Christchurch35V34North Harbour 1
Rotorua 51 (WBD)V24Invitational
Trust Waikato Hamilton City B29V22Hutt Valley
Mid Canterbury33V28Kapi Mana
Wellington B Gold31V35Waitakere 1
Ko Rua39 (WBD)V29Invitational
Wellington Black A44V19Manawatu
Trust Waikato Hamilton City A20V32Howick Pakuranga A
Eastern Bay of Plenty34V28Taranaki
Harbourside24V48North Harbour 2
Waitakere 225V47North Harbour 1
Auckland 135V22Auckland 2
*Please note: Each team who plays the Invitational Team will be awarded 4 points for a win, and the score will not be included in the goal differential calculation. For this reason, in the system these games have been recorded as ‘won by default’ (WBD).
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