Gold medal for Waiuku’s golden girls

Megan Muir, Simone van der Merwe and Kendall Phillips were in the winning Waiuku Gold Netball team that won the inaugural competition.

Waiuku College Gold are living up to their name and colour after taking out first place at the Counties Manukau Collegiate Regional Premier Netball League on Thursday 9 August.

The Waiuku Netball team beat the Revelation Raiders from Mangere and Otahuhu, 69-50. “It was a close game at the start, but we managed to pull ahead in the second half,” Simone van der Merwe said.
The RPL competition took place at the Papakura Netball Centre, an indoor venue, and saw 12 of the top premier Collegiate club teams from Counties Manukau compete. “It felt really good to win,” Kendall said. “It was a real confidence booster.” The win was also a result of their hard work, and encouragement from coach Rachel Browne-Cole and manager Bronwyn Sloane. “We have fitness training, team training, and then our personal training, so we worked hard.”
Before winning the inaugural competition, Waiuku College Gold, along with the Waiuku College Brass under 15 team, headed to Australia to take part in the Waverley International Schools’ Netball Championships.
It was in Melbourne, that the Gold Senior team were up against others from all over the globe, including teams from Australia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. They won seven of their 11 games, but unfortunately did not place.
 “It was pretty tough physically,” said Megan Muir. “We had three games on the first day, and four on the second day. But we’re proud of how we all did.”
The college takes a team over every second year, but this year also took the under 15 side. “It was a great experience for the under 15 Brass team too,” Simone said. “It’s cool for them to experience that competition and to come fourth.”
The girls said the trip was amazing, with plenty of highlights over the time there. “The community also really got in behind us with the fundraising,” says Simone. “They always give us plenty of support.”
“Our team has been consistent throughout the season, but we’ve also improved.”
These Gold girls are making the most of their school sports and aim to continue at their best during tournament week in September.
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