Netball: Southern River Stars go straight from bottom to the top


Southern River Collge students and netball players with their coach Blair Pasco (top back), Chloe Denning (left 2nd row), Blaze-Marie Kingi (right 2nd row), Zoe Towie (left 3rd row), Emily Tamblyn (middle 3rd row), Heather Kingi (right 3rd row) and Meziah Van Diemen (front) Picture: Marie Nirme
Southern River Collge students and netball players with their coach Blair Pasco (top back), Chloe Denning (left 2nd row), Blaze-Marie Kingi (right 2nd row), Zoe Towie (left 3rd row), Emily Tamblyn (middle 3rd row), Heather Kingi (right 3rd row) and Meziah Van Diemen (front) Picture: Marie Nirme

THE Southern River Stars have gone from last place to premiers in a season in the Southern Districts Netball Association under-17s division four.

The stars finished fourth in the regular season, which is the last place that make it into finals.

From there they made it into the grand final and although they were down early, rallied to come back and take a 40-29 win over Harlequins.

The team is mainly made up of Southern River College students, with two of the 10 players being former students.

Coach and Southern River College health and physical education teacher Blair Pasco said the Harlequins scored the first six goals of the match.

“When we talked about what we were doing wrong, something clicked; we didn’t want to go out losing,” she said.

She thanked the teachers and principal for helping the side out and reflected on the main ingredient for success.

“Probably the commitment to training,” she said.

“We had a few new players, but the girls were just more committed and enthusiastic about training,”

The school had three teams all up, with the under-13s making it into the grand final, losing by three goals.