Well Done To Both Senior and Junior Teams
On Tuesday 22nd March, two Waitaki volleyball teams headed to Timaru for the Aoraki Senior Championships. Most other teams had been playing regularly in the Timaru competition so it was good to see that our teams were very competitive on the day.
Games started at 9.00 am with 4 rounds in pool play leading to the semi-finals.
There was a competitive grade and a social grade but both our senior and junior teams played in the competitive grade to experience the stronger competition.
The Waitaki Senior team gave strong performances to win Pool A beating Roncalli, Mountainview, St Kevin’s 1 and Ashburton 1. In the semi-final match the senior team played well to beat Mt Hutt in two straight games.
The final was an extremely close match against Craighead 1. Waitaki won the first game and had a match point in the second game but in the end lost the second game 30-28 which meant a third game was needed. In the final game all players gave their all but the long day took it’s toll and they couldn’t quite get the win. However, the team finished a very creditable 2nd in Aoraki.
The junior team found the competition tough but progressed well during pool play to beat Ashburton 2 and in the play-off for 7th and 8th they had a great win against the Mountainview senior team to finish 7th overall. This junior team progressed so much during the day as they gained confidence under their enthusiastic coach Alicia Vavae.
These were very creditable performances by both teams and the players all showed amazing team spirit, looked great in their uniforms and represented Waitaki in the best way possible.
Congratulations everyone on a great tournament and thanks very much to our coaches, Katherine and Teeta, who have put a lot of work into upskilling the players so that they are able to compete at this level.
Senior girls, Lei Tefaiva and Alicia Vavae have been very reliable leaders for the teams.
Thanks also to Ms Williams for supporting the girls on the day.