“First team in History to go through and win D, C and B grade consecutively”
Last week one of our talented South Auckland high-schools McAuley Girls travelled down to Mt Maunganui for the 2018 UNISS competition tournament, the largest NZ Netball tournament for high-schools. These amazing girls represented our South Auckland community to the fullest, taking out B grade and making it the first time in history that a South Auckland school has won this grade.
OBSTACLES & CHALLENGES
Trying to rise from the bottom of a competition has been very challenging for the school. However, McAuley High School have managed to go through the B grade and gain a spot in A grade next year. This competition boasts 130 + schools with 32 in each grade going through undefeated.
McAuley Premier netball scored the highest number of goals in a game over the tournament with a total of 66, only conceding 6 points in the entire match.
“The girls all come from humble homes and have had to do it hard, with the school gym being fixed for much of the season, someone needing surgery while away at tournament, a bereavement, and the team staying an hour away from the playing venue. The athletes showed real class and skill to overcome these obstacles. Support for sports is often limited, especially when it's an all-female code, but the players had amazing support from the families. We are hoping to have even more support this season coming” said coach Sarah Michelle Hansen-Vaeau
McAuley netball gained 4 out of the 10 tournament team spots
Meleana Pani GS/GA
Maria Collier C/WA
Sharon Tiumalu GA/WA MVP of the final
MVP Francesca Tua GD/GK
It's great to the see the level of netball rise in our South Auckland community. The McAuley netball teams on a whole have slowly begun to raise the bar of competitiveness and also take their place in the wider community, with many of the girls assisting in coaching, and giving back to the sport by umpiring and sharing the knowledge they've gained. We hope to see more great things come out of this awesome school :)
By Ernestina Bonsu Maro