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Michelle Tapp —

Korfball is a fast-paced, fun, mixed gender ball sport which is rapidly growing in the Canterbury region, as well as the rest of New Zealand.

Korfball at Burnside High has continued to grow and expand with over 30 students signing up throughout the year.

With such great numbers we were able to enter two teams in the Term 1 and 4 competitions as well as two teams in the South Island Secondary Schools tournament, held at Pioneer Stadium after Labour Weekend.

The SISS tournament is always a highlight in the Korfball season as it has all the best teams from around the South Island competing at one venue over a weekend. Team 1 finished 7th overall, after narrowly missing out on a place in the semi-final by 1 goal to Cashmere High School, who, going into the tournament, were one of the favourites to win. A special mention to Tahlia Perham for getting named in the Tournament Team. This is a team which is decided by the organisers of the tournament, Korfball Canterbury, to acknowledge the players who have performed incredibly well throughout the tournament. Congratulations Tahlia!

With the continued growth of Korfball at Burnside High, we have also had five students who have been selected as part of varying age groups in New Zealand Development teams:

U17 New Zealand Development squad - Noah Kingston and Tahlia Perham

U19 New Zealand Development squad - Helina Ta and Holly Jackson

U21 New Zealand Development squad - Rallen Lazo

This is a huge honour and congratulations to these players!

Thank you to all those who have participated in this year’s season. It has been fantastic to see so many dedicated players involved in Korfball this year. All our past/present players can agree it’s a great new sport to get involved in, and we hope to see many new faces sign up next year and continue the already fantastic growth of Korfball at Burnside High.

Thanks also to Sam Coldicott, who continues to help me coach the teams too!

Michelle Tapp