Unusual season for us this year.
We ended up fifth in the round robin and
just missed qualifying for the top four.
The air then went out of our season and we ended up losing to Kapiti away and Aotea, and winning our remaining game by default.
We played our best ball at the season start when we were trying to qualify for Premiers.
We were outplayed by Rongotai and Scots but acquitted ourselves well and beat Wainuiomata convincingly.
During the season proper we had close losses by less than three points to Kapiti, Hibs and Heretaunga. These results came back to haunt us. Every game we had a bad quarter, we were leading Hibs at half-time by 12 points, and came back from a bad second quarter against Heretaunga. Our best game of the round robin was when we beat Tawa, who finished second in the division, by 40 points.
When our quick guards, Benny, Shaun, Frank and Lani, combined with our swing man, Luke, and our bigs, Aiden, Blake, Fruen and Dieudonne, and all were on song , we were a force to be reckoned with. A lot of our opposition, both in Division One and Premiership were so much better resourced with 2-3 coaches, manager, referee, and in some cases video analysis, but as usual, Naenae batted above their weight.
For a lot of these players, this was the third and last year in the team. It has been a pleasure to coach them. They have been a great advertisement for Naenae College. Always gracious in defeat and victory, competitive and they had a great team spirit.
I wish them all well in life outside college and hope they continue to play the game that they and I love.