College Netball is back to entertain you with week-on-week exciting ANZ Championship curtain raisers, which started on 1st April 2012.
In its second year, the competition now boasts eighteen teams vying for that elusive top spot in a knock out format which sees some of New Zealand's great secondary school rivalries take to the court.
The eighteen teams will be grouped into three zones with the winner from each (and the second-placed upper North team) coming together for semi-finals, leading into the Grand Final on the 1st of July 2012.
11 games will be televised on SKY Sport who will also be producing a highlights package.
Round 1: MAGS vs St Kentigern's won 39-12
A slow start from the team, but once MAGS got into their rhythm they pulled away to be convincing winners. Rebekah Roache was named player of the match.
Round 2: vs Hamilton Girls' - won 32-17
MAGS were three goals down at quarter time. They re-grouped at the break and worked hard and applied more pressure to Hamilton Girls'. Holly Fowler was strong on defence in the circle making some good intercepts. It was not their best display of netball, but managed to get through the game and come out winners. Chiara Semple was named player of the match
Semi-Final: vs Craighead Diocesan - won 26-21
Craighead came out strong in the first quarter and made MAGS pay for their mistakes. With MAGS 4-8 down after the first quarter they needed a more consistent performance. Changes were made with Maia Wilson coming on at Goal Shooter, Nadia Loveday moving to Wing Defence and Rebekah Roache coming into Centre. This created more defensive pressure with MAGS winning the 2nd Quarter 7-3. The game was all tied up and half time. MAGS continued to capitalise on Craighead's mistakes and convert possession. In the last quarter, Alanis Toia came on at Wing Attack and made some good passes into the shooters. Meretini Fuimoano was moved into Goal Attack. This change had an immediate impact.
Rebekah Roache was named player of the match.
This was a hard fought win by MAGS and they moved into the final
Final: vs Tu Toa
MAGS started strongly and pulled away quickly to become 4-0 ahead. They started off being patient on attack and converting intercepts from Holly Fowler & Nadia Loveday to finish the quarter ahead 9-3.
Tu Toa made some changes and MAGS took time to adjust, but were still leading 16-13 at half time. MAGS brought on Maia Wilson at GS and moved Jamie-Lee Price to GD and Holly Fowler to GK. This change unsettled the opposition, with Jamie-Lee and Rebekah Roache making some amazing intercepts.
Captain Roache lifted the intensity of her team, leading by six heading into the last quarter. Maia Wilson held strong at GS, with Meretini connecting with WA Loveday to open up space in the circle.
MAGS finished strongly winning 38-26. There is still work to be done, but the team had a confident start and worked tirelessly to finish strongly and become the first National College Netball Champions.