Massey women defend A1 crown

By Adam Pearse

Massey’s top netball team have repeated their efforts of 2016 to remain champions of Palmerston North’s premier netball division.

Massey’s top ladies overcame a previously unbeaten Manukura Black by an unprecedented 19 points and captain, Hapai Selby-Law says that was as a result of great preparation.

“In the two weeks leading up to the final we worked on the things we could control; our own ability to look after possession and gaining possession. This came to the fore during the game.”

Selby-Law says the team is ecstatic to complete the double which she says shows the talent that exists in the club.

“To win once was pretty awesome, especially with how long it had been since Massey’s previous win. To then back it up shows the successful nature of the club and team.”

It was a successful year for Massey’s Netball Club with the top three teams winning their respective divisions along with four other teams reaching the semi-final stage.

Selby-Law says this only made their win sweeter and leaves the club in a great position moving forward.

“To win not only Prem 1, but 2 and 3 shows the depth in the club. We were rapped for the A2s and A4s, to take out their grades as well. It made for great celebrations and increases the opportunity for the club next year.”

Selby-Law recognises the help given from family, friends and sponsors, without whom, Massey Netball wouldn’t have achieved as well as it did.

“We want to thank all our members, our friends and families and our sponsors Pita Pit, Massey University Students’ Association, Pub Charity and Trillian Trust for contributing to what has been a great year. Also to our community partners – Esplanade Railway for providing us with the opportunity to raise funds via the Halloween train.”

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