A massive pool of 116 schools competed in netball alone at the Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools (AIMS) Games in Tauranga last month.
Among them was Orewa College’s 8/1 team (Year 8). The team played 13 games over the five-day event, often starting on the court at 8am. They played teams from all over the country from Whangarei (Kamo School) to Wellington (Hutt) with some exciting close games such as the ones against Ashbrook (Opotoki) and Pukekohe.
Their coaches, Tania Adams and Debbie Langwell, say they are all proud to have finished 19th out of 116.
“While they were competitive on the court, it was great to see the girls making friends with all the other teams afterwards, going so far to cheer for their new friends in subsequent games.” Tania says.
The AIMS Games, held from September 10–15, is the biggest sporting event for 11–13-year-olds in New Zealand. This year was a record breaker with 10,139 young people from 302 schools competing in 21 different sports.
Orewa College’s 8/1 Netball team also placed 4th for Year 8 in the North Harbour competition and had three members selected to represent North Harbour and three for Hibiscus Coast.