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Western News: September 11, 2018

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16 Tuesday September 11 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Netball win 33 years in the making • By Jacob Page VILLA MARIA’S South Island secondary schools netball title gave their co-coaches closure 33 years in the making. Helen Mahon-Stroud and Julie Glen were in the Villa Maria team which lost the 1985 final to Southland Girls High School. Last Thursday, against the same school, at the same location – Dunedin’s Edgar Centre, the Villa team they now mentored triumphed 39-26. “I guess they did us a favour by going one better than we did,” Mahon-Stroud said. “It’s one of those weird coincidences in life and for both of us to have daughters in the team, it was a proud moment.” It was Villa’s first South Island title since 2008 and qualifies them for the national tournament in Timaru from October 9 to 12. Shooter, Hannah Glen, midcourter Georgia Stroud and defender Olivia Burnham were all named in the tournament team following the final. Villa went undefeated at the four-day tournament winning all eight games. Mahon-Stroud praised her team’s physical stamina to be able to produces big plays after a busy tournament. “We tried to prepare as best we could to combat tournamentstyle netball,” she said. “We had netball-related activities Monday through to Thursday for much of the Christchurch season and I think that put us in a good position for the week.” Villa’s fitness was best seen when they produced an 11-4 third-quarter effort in the final to put one hand on the trophy. “We really clicked in that third quarter and found our rhythm,” Mahon-Stroud said. “We looked after the ball but played a more up-tempo style of game that we wanted to play. “Hannah provides a tall option for us to aim at in the shooting circle and I thought our mid-court did a great job of getting the ball to her,” she said. “I thought Southland really tried to look after the ball and were extremely patient, particularly in the first half.” Mahon-Stroud said the team would now break for a week to focus on term three exams before training would resume. “We are confident that we can keep them engaged up until nationals because there’s still more we want to achieve.” DOMINANT: Villa Maria goal shoot Hannah Glen put in a commanding performance in the 39-26 final win over Southland Girls’ High School. PHOTO: OTAGO DAILY TIMES WINNERS: The victorious Villa Maria team. PHOTO: JULIE GLEN SPORTS WESTERN NEWS City hosts cricket nationals CHRISTCHURCH will play host to the indoor cricket club nationals on Thursday. It is the first time Christchurch has held the tournament since 2008 and a record 40 teams have entered across the grades. The open men’s and under-21 boy’s grades will be played at the refurbished Howzat Riccarton site, while the premier men’s and over-40 men’s will be played at Action Indoor Sports Hornby. Indoor Cricket New Zealand chief executive Mark Cini said it was a thrill for Christchurch to host the tournament again. He said the February 22, 2011, earthquake had made hosting events challenging and he saw it as a positive step. There will also be a Gold Coast team in the over-40 competition for a bit of a transtasman flavour. There are Christchurch teams throughout all the grades. Games start on Thursday morning and run late into the night with finals days on Saturday. Luxury LIFESTYLE TREAT YOURSELF! $29,980 $34,890 $35,890 $29,980 Was $31,980 Was $36,980 2008 BMW x5 3.0sI M-sPORT 2011 JaGuaR xF 5.0L V8 Was $38,980 2012 BMW 335i M-sPORT hYBRID 2008 auDI Q7 7 seaTeR V8 s-LIne $26,980 $26,950 $28,480 $20,980 2009 auDI a6 3.0 suPeRChaRGeD Was $28,890 2013 BMW 320 DIeseL M-sPORT Was $31,890 2007 TOYOTa LanD CRuIseR PRaDO Was $23,980 2011 BMW 523i $34,890 $19,990 $21,980 $27,980 Was $35,990 2008 JaGuaR xF sV8 suPeRChaRGeD Was $21,890 Was $22,980 2012 Lexus CT 200h hYBRID 2008 auDI a5 3.2FsI QuaTTRO 2010 auDI a6 3.0L TFsI s-LIne CAR OF THE WEEK! 2009 Audi Q5 2.0TFSi QuATTRO Was $25,890 $23,980 20 Waterloo Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch 0800 778 807 On road costs may apply www.nzc.kiwi

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