At the Nationals - After a typically sluggish start in the first game, we found our groove and swept past the rest to win our pool.
Unfortunately a Hamilton Girls High team were riding a similar high and refused to let the more favoured AGGS team find their rhythm. Despite leading by 6 points at one stage, AGGS could not shake the determined Hamiltonians, who stuck relentlessly to their game-plan despite the obvious pressure. In the end discipline dominated and Hamilton, after edging ahead by three points early in the fourth quarter, held on to cause the upset of the tournament. AGGS's chances of winning their fifth National title were effectively extinguished, relying only on results of other teams to get them through and needing to win their next game.
Unfortunately their next game was against the tournament favourites, MAGS. Although they put up a valiant effort, in the end they couldn't compete with MAGS all-round strength across the court going down by a creditable 4 points. The best they could hope for was 7th, and that was where they ended up, beating Waimea College in the play-offs for 7th and 8th. At the conclusion of the tournament Kendra Falefitu, our star shooter was named in the Tournament Team.
Although this was a disappointing finish for both players and supporters after such a promising build-up to the tournament, the young team, comprising of mostly year 11 students, showed enough promise and skill to assure AGGS continued presence at the highest level of secondary school netball in the years to come. The team is hugely grateful to the support they received from WIL Sport Management.