On August 28, Raglan Area School played an outstanding game against Tai Wananga in the finals of the Waikato Junior A grade competition.
Even though we lost, we are grateful for getting this far. We started off as the underdogs because Raglan has never had a junior basketball team. Most of us hadn't even played the sport competitively, but with determination and hard work we were able to make our way to a solid second place!
We started out strong and kept our composure as we took a 2 point lead in the first quarter, but throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarter we stayed neck and neck with about a one point difference throughout. Going into the last quarter it became a race between 3 and 5 points with them leading most of the way. As minutes died down they made a few crucial plays and pulled a ahead by 4 points. The score was 43-47.
We would like to thank our dedicated teacher and coach, Matua Te, who has pushed us further and beyond our own expectations in this Hamilton league competition; Rangi, who was there every game, pulling us to the side and giving us much needed advice; JRao for organising the miniball to support basketball and provide players for our team; Jono, former RAS student and local rep coach, who every Tuesday at 5am drove from Hamilton to coach us from 6-7am in the school gym; and most of all, our supporters for being there every step of the way, yelling and screaming at us.
We are excited but sad for next season, as some of the team are leaving to the senior league. We have seen many keen Year 8 students who love basketball and are looking forward to playing with them next year.