Having had the Year 7 & 8 Canterbury Korfball trophy taken from us in Term 2 by Cobham, we were very keen to win it back in the Term 3 tournament at Pioneer Stadium.
The South 2 team, made up of mostly Year 7s at their first Korfball tournament, played well above expectations and qualified for the 9/10th play off. They unfortunately went down to Rakaia to finish 10th, but played extremely well against some tough A teams. Toby was a stand out of the day, scoring at least 1 goal in all of their pool games.
The South 1 team, who have 7 players in the Canterbury Junior Year 7 & 8 teams, were the hot favourites from the beginning of the day, with a fairly large target on their back!
They won all of their pool games, by considerable margins, to qualify for a semi final against Halswell, competing at their first Korfball tournament. With some strong Basketballers, Halswell put up a tough fight, ahead for most of the first half. Tyler then stepped up to sink some pressure shots at a very important time, and we went on to win 8-3.
We then qualified for the final, against a strong Middleton Grange 1. We took the lead 2-0 early in the game, and didn't look back. With some strong defence from Jesse and Ben to shut down the opposition, we managed to close out the game, and win 7-3.
A huge congratulations to Jesse and Gracie, who also impressed the Korfball Canterbury selectors, making it into the Tournament team of 4 boys and 4 girls.
We will be back in Term 4 to try and put the trophy away for the summer, with an outdoor tournament at Elmwood Park.