It’s been a big year for RNZAF Netball. A tightly contested interbase and a brave showing at Interservices saw a team selected to play and convincingly beat NZ Police. The year culminated in a tour to the Australian Defence Force Tournament. FLTLT Delwyn Neil gives us a run-down of the year’s events.
INTERBASE Interbase Netball 2005 was hosted by RNZAF Base Auckland and held at Massey University Gymnasium over 30-31 July. Ohakea, the current titleholders for both the Mixed and Women’s trophies, were determined to continue their winning streak. However, teams from Auckland, Wellington and Woodbourne were just as determined to put a halt to that.
After a series of intense games, the final between Ohakea and Auckland shaped up as a battle royal. The half time score was close but some bril- liant feeding from AC Rosie Masters and staunch defence from AC Carmen Mita in the circle eventually wore the Auckland team down. Ohakea were deserved winners, retaining the Women’s Outdoor Netball Trophy.
The Mixed competition was just as competitive with the final played out between Auckland and a spirited Woodbourne team. Shooters Ma Jones and SGT Vinnie Green were able to keep Woodbourne in the game for a while. But under intense pressure from the Auckland defensive line-up and sharp shooters, they were not able to maintain the intensity. Auckland was crowned Mixed Champions for Interbase 2005 continuing the tradition of the host Base winning Interbase since the inception of Mixed Netball.
Thanks to FGOFF Nama Patel, F/S Kath Nikau and their committee for hosting a fantastic tournament. A big thanks also to our whistle blowers on court. The RNZAF is fortunate to have umpires of a very high calibre in Mrs Pai Perano and Mrs Tracey Nicholson, ably supported by AC Davey Carr.
A BIG YEAR FOR
INTERSERVICES Interservices between Air Force, Navy, Army and an Invitation Team was hosted by Army at the Walter Nash Stadium, Taita, Wellington from 29 August to 2 September.
Air Force played two hard-fought games against Army and Navy but encountered a standard they had not experienced before.
Our shooting combination of AC Andrea Connell and AC Tamara Driver worked patiently to make the most of any ball that reached our shooting circle. Mid courters AC Carmen Smith, and AC Rosie Masters showed determination and combined well with Captain SGT Leigh Gurney, to intercept some much needed ball to keep the scoring close. Our defensive trio of AC Carmen Mita, LAC Rebecca Trethowen and Mrs Jenine Bour- roughs worked tirelessly to disrupt the well-drilled sides and take some great intercepts.
However, it was not enough and we suffered two defeats. Our final game was against the Invitation Team and from start to finish all players gave 110% and were rewarded with a win. AC Carmen Mita was named the Most Improved Player of the tournament.
NZ POLICE Following Interservices AC Tamara Driver and F/S Vanessa Rowan were selected for an NZDF side to play the NZ Police. Despite going into the game without a training run, NZDF proved too strong for the Police and won 68-43.
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