CSKI have fought off strong opposition to remain Korfball champions! A record number 30 teams were entered in the latest Year 7/8 tournament held at Hagley Park. South had two teams competing, one in the A grade and the other in the B grade.
Our B team predominantly consisted of year 7's who had never been to a Korfball tournament before. Our inexperience did not halter us however, and we powered into the B grade final. Along the way we had some very tight, grind it out matches and as a result of our players tenacity and grit, we found ourselves matched up against Kirkwood in the final. Unfortunately, this was a bridge too far and we ended up taking the silver medal. This is an excellent result and certainly encouraging signs for our development.
Our A team went into the tournament as reigning champions and we had a target on our back. Our group of players gelled beautifully as a team and their teamwork and skill was a sight to behold! The A team flew through pool play with no hiccups and were top qualifiers heading into the playoffs. We managed to dispatch Pegasus Bay and St Martins in the quarter final and semi final respectfully, and we found ourselves matched up against Chisnalwood in the final. We faced our first piece of adversity when we conceded an early goal and we found ourselves trailing for the first time in the tournament. However we stuck to our plan and continued to work as a team to achieve our shared goal. Eventually we clawed our way back to a 2-1 lead on the back of some superb shutdown defence. It was certainly a nerve wracking experience watching the final, yet at the same time, it was inspiring to see our players step up to the challenge of adversity and prevail. Coach Angus always had faith in our squad and knew we would pull through!!
So the trophy remains in the South trophy case for another term. Fingers crossed we can win the term 4 tournament and complete the sweep for 2020. Special congratulations has to go out to Will Hull and Aoife Goldsmith who were both named in the team of the tournament. Will lead very well, secured some crucial rebounds and made a large number of important shots. Aoife defended exceptionally well and displayed wonderful court vision and awareness - not bad for someone who is in her first year of playing korfball!
Congratulations to all students involved in the tournament and thank you to our parent volunteers who helped with transport.