So close to double digits!

Kia Ora Team: Kia Ora 13

Opposition Team Name: Vic Uni 19

Kia Ora Score: 19

Opposition Score: 27

The game was: This game was hands down the best we've played as a team (Stacey is pretty gutted she missed it)! With Tiri back and Marie away, we needed to attempt a lot of new/relatively untested combos in order to make sure everyone got decent court time. While this should have made for one hell of a mess, all of the ladies took to each new position/combo with ease and the ball really flowed down court

Sam had a fantastic run at GA and nailed some fairly impressive long distance goals (which took at least 5 years off my life....please don't do it again)
Kate continues to prove herself to be an asset to the team as a holding GS and was shooting at around 90%
Tiri, Tara and Becky dominated the defensive circle and stacked up a number of intercepts and tips between them. Becky continued the defensive disruption to the opposition in the mid court when I unexpectedly threw her in to C for a quarter
Jo and Amy both worked on their driving in the midcourt, Jo got two intercepts and Amy is our most consistent talker on the court (calling out for the ball is something we struggle with a bit)
Kelsi managed to bear with me while I shifted her around from WA to C and then to GA, and was an excellent feeder in all of her positions. Especially loved the work as our GA/third feeder (this REALLY confused vic!)
Shona continued to prove herself defensively in stints at WD and C and nailed 5 clean intercepts in the last quarter alone!

The absolute highlight for me was a tip by Kelsi, followed by a yell of 'SHONA!' by Kate, whereby Shona turned around with her arms outstretched.....only for the ball to fall in to them. There was much confusion on court and laughter off court

As always this was a major team effort and as such I went with a team POD. Stand out moments from all those on court made it way too hard for me to pick basically

Following this we plan to work some more on our drives and making a bit more space in the mid court.....and drink at club night :)

Don't put it over that GD again!

Kia Ora Team: Kia Ora 9

Opposition Team Name: HHF 3

Kia Ora Score: 23

Opposition Score: 19

The game was: When knew that this was going to be a tough game, with only seven players available (and one being a fill in), and that we knew HHF would be a physical game. The girls of team 9 didn't let this phase them one bit! As you can see from the title, "Don't go over the GD!" was something I screamed often in this game, as she had extremely long arms that kept coming out of nowhere. Thankfully the girls are good listeners and they let me keep my voice for the rest of the game.

A highlight was : Katarina said at the end of the game, "guys, I think that's the best we've ever played," and I completely agree. Every single player came out firing from the first whistle on Saturday. At practice we'd worked on strong passes, the right passes and driving hard straight lines down the court. The girls executed this perfectly, and eventually came away with the wine. 6 out of 7 players got intercepts during game, with Michelle and Rachael each getting 4, Holly and Katarina with two each, and Justine and Aimee with one a piece, outstanding effort from all!

A special mention to: We had a team of the match rather than a player this week, as every single person was vital to our win on Saturday. 

Special mention to Katarina who came off the court with a very bent ("I can't move the end") finger which she had hurt earlier in the match a powered on through regardless - turns out she tore the tendon and will be in a splint for the next 6-8 weeks!!! :( :( :( Very upsetting that you wont be on the court with us for the rest of the season, but we're looking forward to having you supporting on the sideline.

Following this game we plan to...: Keep working on our passing and driving, and cementing those connections in attack.

Thanks to: Huge thank you to Rachael for playing with us this week. You were a star in GD! Also big thanks to your Mum for bring our scored :)

Lets find the best way to give Kansas, Bridget and the rest of the sideline a heart attack, and do that, and then pull it back in the last few minutes...

Kia Ora Team: Kia Ora 3

Opposition Team Name: Vic Uni 6

Kia Ora Score: 31

Opposition Score: 28

The game was: Amazing, stressful, incredible, tough work, beautiful, injury free, and overall a stellar game to watch. We had nine fit and healthy players ready to take the court, and all nine gave it their all out there, and it would have been so good to have all nine play full games.

The defensive effort from the whole team was fantastic! Five of the girls picked up tips or intercepts during the game, with Mereli taking the cake with 3 tips, 2 intercepts, 5 rebounds and an absolute STEEL off the floor around the side of the GS which was in a league of its own. Tash and Ash started in the circle strong, with Hope and Jenna sending in some beautiful feeds. Sophia came on firing at half time in GA, and Kaille started up her key feeding connection with Ash.
We were up by three in the first quarter, five in both the second and third quarters - so then we decided that we'd get out to a lead of 9, then let Vic 6 get within 1, and then push it back out to a lead of 3 in the last 2 two minutes, just to make it exciting :) 

Huge thank you to Bridget for being on the sideline to support the team, and also myself when making the hard decision of putting people in positions.

We've got two more games to go before the playoff - so two more games to cement ourselves into the top four. We've got this girls!!
Kansas x

Pipped at the post

Kia Ora Team: Team 6

Opposition Team Name: SN WAGS

Kia Ora Score: 20

Opposition Score: 27


We knew today was going to be a tough game with ex prem players in the other team, however we planned to play our game and have fun. We were drawn 10-10 at half time and we were completely in the game. SNWAGS surprised us with a space/zone defence and this was our first time coming up against this so was a bit hard to adjust. But with fitness on our side we were able to drive lots and show some patience to get the ball in the circle. 

We lost it in the last quarter and ended up losing by 7 however this by no means reflected the game. It was a tough game but really great to get pushed and challenged! Bring on next time.

Work ons: attacking when the other team are marking space. Also making sure we ease new combos into the game- with many options and changes in the shooting circle and midcourt we need to make sure we work new people in.

Special mentions: Alice and Beth. Alice for her consistency and hussle throughout the court, always being an option and great feeds. Beth was chosen by the opposition as POTM, she did so well defending a holding shooter and caused soo many turnovers. 

Well done girls. And well done to the whole team, a tough game but well fought!

Going from strength to strength

Kia Ora Team: Kia Ora 13

Opposition Team Name: Ories 4

Kia Ora Score: 14

Opposition Score: 22

The game was: This game took at least 5 years off my life and left me with a sore throat from all the yelling! We went in to this game knowing that it would be tough and physical, against a team who dropped from the grade above and were sitting at the top of the table. So when we were up by one at the end of the first quarter spirits were definitely high! The game was faster and more physical (especially in the circle) than we are used to and the team more than held their own on the court!

A highlight was : Our midcourt had an amazing game with well timed drives and everyone making a real effort to get in front of their partners. There were also some fantastic tips and intercepts within this area and all of the girls remembered to stick to their own game and slow the ball down (which rattled the opposition a bit). Centre pass off was also looking A LOT better this week!
Our defence had a massive challenge this week against a really strong GS in particular. Becky and Tara held their own though, with both getting a number of tips and managing to stand their ground in the circle (Not an easy thing this week!).
For our shooting combo of Kate and Marie it was always going to be a tough week as we didn't have any back up shooters. Both dug deep and had really great games. These two are starting to work really well together within the circle and Marie is learning to move as a GA when we switch things up without much warning!

A special mention to: POD this week went to Marie. We know GA isn't your favourite but you always give 100% on the court and stay positive! Some great driving off the centre pass off, an amazing goal in the first quarter and great positioning in the circle (with a couple of excellent rebounds)!
Tara and Becky also deserve mentions for holding their own within that opposition circle!

Following this game we plan to...: We lost a lot of ball in trying to force the ball in to the circle so will focus on our feeding with different combinations

Thanks to: Our support crew who come week after week and join us in all of the sideline yelling, our refs and Ories for a really challenging game

We will get you next time Team 5!

Kia Ora Team: team 7

Opposition Team Name: team 5

Kia Ora Score: 30

Opposition Score: 28

The game was: So intense and stressful for all 4 quarters

A highlight was : Being up by 5 goals going into the final quarter

A special mention to: POD was Emma she gave it 100% the whole game, she was really strong throughout court and was always there for that second option. She held the team together and kept her head up the entire game! Her partner was constantly on her body the whole game (like a back pack) but she didn't let that effect her game - so proud of your efforts Emma well deserved!!

Following this game we plan to...: Work on our drives from our shooters- mixing up the plays in the circle to keep the Ds on their toes

Thanks to: My partner who came and sat on team 7 bench because my family were all cheering for team 5 (my sisters team), Gayle, toddy, our lovely refs box and Tess and to team 5 for the great competition, probably the most physical and mental game we have had so far this season!!

So close and such a tough game

Kia Ora Team: Kia Ora 8

Opposition Team Name: St Francis

Kia Ora Score: 27

Opposition Score: 30

The game was: It was a tough game and we did really well against a very experienced team who have played together for years. We had some amazing moments every quarter from every player! Who knows if there was another 5mins in the game I felt we could of won it.

A highlight was : Our defence was solid with Kirsty and Taneska aka T. We won some great position back from our opposition through intercepts, rebounds and loose balls. Nic had a great game at WD and 1 quarter at GK, I know you didn't feel good about your game but I thought you had a fantastic game. Nic won us 4 intercepts which is fantastic and while there was 1 major over throw you are totally allowed too when you create that many turnovers in WD. Hayley was amazing at C with your drives down court and feeding were well timed into the circle. How lucky are we to have a centre that can attack, drive and do intercepts. Chris you were amazing at your timing and they were intentionally targeting you but you managed to get away and always find space to drive back in front of your player for the pass. Jessica you have an amazing centre pass drive and you were always there for Hayley to pass too and your work around the circle to off load to Ally. It was tough job getting it past those tall defenders and while the first few did not quite hit the rest of the game it certainly did. Ally had a strong game at shooting and lucky to have somebody who can also rebound so strong too. Amy did great jumping in at WA and then WD, you watched on the sideline and helped me work out what was working and potentially not working and that is really important because the time you jumped on court you knew exactly what we needed at both ends. Which was calm feeding down court or into the circle, getting in front and owning that space to be the "SAFE" option. Great game. Unfortunately we lost poor Ashleigh to a hand injury and who will be out for the rest of the season which is absolutely gutting.

A special mention to: T (aka Taneska) was player of the day. You had a phenomenal game and you had a field day in regards to intercepts and constant pressure on the opposition which won us lots of turnovers with others jumping to pick up loose balls. Well done!

Following this game we plan to...: I know the game did not go the way we wanted but we managed a bonus point and thats really important. We need to work on get in front of our players in attack and feeding into the circle. If we work on this we will make quarter finals.

Thanks to: All our supporters and to the team members who were off for the quarters to help co-coach with me

Arghhhhh its so hard playing our own club!

Date Played: 15/07/2017

Wolfpack vs Kia Ora 9

Kia Ora Score: 27

Opposition Score: 22

A big thank you to team 9 and their amazing coach Kanas. It so hard playing our own club and it is always more awkward when we have friends playing against friends.

Highlights:

 Wow where to start I can hands down say I think this was our best game to date! And we have had some stunning games but I really felt like our defence our mid court and shooting circle stepped up. We all played our part and we all tried hard to get free and be "SAFE" options for each other. Stacey shot her little bum off, Bex built a wall to protect Stacey, Ash was just amazing with timing of drives and feeding into the circle, Nina was a so strong from attack and defence all through court, Brittany (who was sick!) was amazing in blocking her player and creating chaos for our opposition then calm when feeding back down court, Ally was a super star at GD and was just amazing at intercepting balls galore, Katie had a bloody blinder with GK and then Eulah coming in to shut the circle down even more for the second half was wowsers!

We ALL had such an awesome game. Its a shame the injury to poor Ash happened in the last quarter that could of been avoided if the umpires picked up.

A special mention to

Everybody was amazing

Following this game we plan

We are having a break this weekend but we need to replicate exactly what we did this Saturday because it was not only beautiful to watch we sooo deserve to make finals!!!!

Thanks to

All my amazing Wolfpack that are not playing this year but who are coming down and giving us loads of love and support on the sideline. You ladies absolutely rock!

Kia Ora Squared

Date Played: 15/07/2017

Kia Ora 9 vs Kia Ora Wolfpack

Kia Ora Score: 22

Opposition Score: 27

The game was awesome! Its always great, but hard to play against another Kia Ora team. Great because you know its going to be a good game, and you'll enjoy it, which is why we play netball! Hard because you want both teams to win it for the club. It was a very whistle heavy game on both sides, with a lot of calls that could have been played as advantage, which would have helped with our flow on attack. It was another great defensive game for team 9 with both Michelle and Georgia getting tips in the first minute! Our main goal for the game was to have 3ft. over every ball to stop their flow on attack, which I think the girls did well.

Highlights:

Highlight of the match was when everything came together in the final quarter! Our attacking end connected with our shooters, and used the ball that our defensive end had gotten! We went into the last quarter with 12 goals and down by 8 or 9. I said lets get to 20, and the girls went ahead and blew me away by pulling it back to get within 5!

Special Mention:

Several special mentions today! Talei was named player of the match by team 11 for her control of the circle and her shooting abilities - team 9 named Stacey as team 11's player of the match - guess that means the shooters dominated today!
My personal player of the match was Justine. She was in control of our attacking end, and and came forward for a lot of ball when we were struggling to get out of our defensive end.

Next Steps:

Our passing strength and choice of pass today is what let us down, so on Monday we will be working on driving hard and delivering good ball to our team mates.

And some thanks:

Thanks to Mayce for filling in for us again this week. Big thanks to Bex and team 11 for a great game :)

Bit of a mixed bunch

Date Played: 08/07/2017

Kia Ora 10 vs Vic Uni 18

Kia Ora Score: 21

Opposition Score: 27

A massive thanks for our super subs! and to the coaches for asking round and pulling together players - you guys are amazing!

Highlights:

Talk about a stressful week! Down to 3 regular players due to illness & injury it was starting to look like defaulting was on the cards....
However we managed to scrape together 7 and off we went to face Vic 18.
With new combos (and positions) all over the court, the goal for the team was just to settle and get used to each other. 
Super solid first half with everyone backing each other up, options onto the ball. The attack end was patient and calm, waiting for the space to open & treasuring possession.
Ash stepped up into C and was an absolute workhorse, some lovely quick feeds into the circle and a great help in bringing the ball down court.
Our newly thrown together defensive unit worked well considering they'd never been thrown together in the circle, disrupting the vic shooters and causing havoc with tips & intercepts from both.
Unfortunately we couldn't quite keep it together for the 4 quarters but I was more than happy with everyone's efforts all things considered :) 
Thank goodness we have a week off, rest up and get well ladies - it all starts again on the 22nd!

Our first and last loss lol. It was a strong game of skill so I am super proud anyway

Date Played: 08/07/2017

Kia Ora 11 vs Vic Uni 13

Kia Ora Score: 21

Opposition Score: 20

We had a really strong half and we slowly let this team stay close to our score but maintained the lead throughout the game which is really tough to do. Unfortunately they had a very long injury break with their player not being allowed to move due to a potential rupture. This stopped our momentum and went backwards.

Highlights:

While we lost it was actually a much better performance this week than last week. I am really proud that we kept trying even though we lost a key player in attack. Our defence again were unrelenting and we scored some amazing turnover balls. Mid court were fast and intense. Our shooting end was really solid for the first half and we made some amazing space for ourselves which allowed feeders loads of beautiful balls. Unfortunately last half we really dropped in performance to get free or drive the front.

Special Mention:

Alley had a blinder at GD and went into WA which I needed to change in injury time because I needed the intercepts to happen down defence end so we made a decision I partially regret. I should of moved Alley to C and Nina to WA but Alley you were a monster on defence.

Next Steps:

Centre pass, feeding and passing. These areas are really letting us down and we need to get on court and practice some solutions

And some thanks:

Sharon, Lauren, Anna and Kellie what amazing cheerleaders / co-coaches you all are! Huge thanks to Brittany's fiancee for being our awesome scorer too!

Gemma "So long and thanks for all the fish"

Date Played: 08/07/2017

Kia Ora 8 vs East 11

Kia Ora Score: 30

Opposition Score: 21

The game was a pleasure to watch! These girls are a great team and organised themselves without any help from me. This gave me time to just enjoy watching a team who work well together, are nice to everyone on the court, laugh at their own mistakes and quickly make up for them with skill and flair

Highlights:

Watching the girls in and around our shooting circle was a particular highlight. They all controlled the ball beautifully, talked to each other and rattled the opposition without trying. Loved the positivity on court as all of the girls supported and encouraged each other. Also, Nicole's misplaced bomb down court which was quickly followed by laughter, an apology and multiple intercepts

Special Mention:

Everyone agreed that POD belonged to Jess this week. She owned the goal third with her well timed drives, well placed feeds and successful shots! Our other POD was Kylie who dominated the mid court and seemed to be everywhere at once!

Next Steps:

Now that Gemma has left for Auckland the lovely Bec will be looking after these ladies....I'll let her play bad cop and tell them all what to work on

And some thanks:

Thanks to the girls for having me and for putting up with my sideline yelling

This game's going straight to the pool room!

Date Played: 08/07/2017

Kia Ora 13 vs Vic Uni 22

Kia Ora Score: 14

Opposition Score: 22

The game was Nail biting and had Stacey and I (as well as our numerous supporters) on the edge of our seats! Actioned packed from the get go, the third quarter in particular was a thing of beauty and saw us score more points than the opposition, coming within 2 points at one stage

Highlights:

Strong defence, with a number of tips and intercepts, great feeding in to the circle by our C and WA and well timed drives within the shooting circle. We were incredibly proud of the girls who made the decision to play a full vic team (with the odd player from higher grades) rather than force vic to continue with only 6 players. Week after week these ladies prove how committed, positive and sportswomanly they are

Special Mention:

Joint player(s) of the day this week went to Kelsi (for her great feeding in to the circle) and Kate (for her moving, talking and control within the circle). However, all of the ladies had individual moments of greatness and this really was a team effort from start to finish

Next Steps:

Work on driving on to the ball and minimising passing errors

And some thanks:

Thanks to our super scorer Becs and all of our sideline supporters (4pm is not a nice game time so thanks for sticking around). Special mention also goes to Ash who bought me a hot chocolate