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Ballantine’s dream team

ERONI TUINACEVA sUVA Ballantine Memorial School holds special pride in their Under-17 netball team. They won the Southern Zone final last weekend. “The competition as a whole, from the pool
25 Jul 2014 09:08

The Ballantine Memorial School netball team with the Southern Zone Under-17 trophy. With them are coach Mele Rawaico (far left, back row), team manager Maria Wong (centre, back row), and school principal, Mereoni Motukiliu (right, back row). Photo: Eroni Tuinaceva.

ERONI TUINACEVA
sUVA

Ballantine Memorial School holds special pride in their Under-17 netball team.
They won the Southern Zone final last weekend.
“The competition as a whole, from the pool rounds right up until the finals last weekend, was incredibly competitive and very challenging for the girls but at the same time incredibly rewarding,”team manager Maria Wong said.
“We got to meet and compete with top schools like Adi Cakobau School and Ratu Sukuna Memorial School and it was a very good experience for the girls.
““We’ll be continuing our fundraising efforts as move towards the national finals as there are other expenses such as registration and of course travelling so it’s a continuous effort but a worthwhile investment when the girls achieve a win.
“We have to acknowledge the efforts of the teachers for their tireless contributions to the team, namely Tiko, Nacika and assistant principal Jitoko. A huge acknowledgement also goes to principal Mereoni Motukiliu for permitting our participation and her invaluable support.
Team coach Mele Rawaico spoke about their excitement to compete in the national finals on August 14-15. “Our U15, U17 and Open grade teams will be competing and we’re looking forward to a great outing for them. Our top two Under-17 players, the Southern Zone Under-17 best goalshooter Miriama Rokoua and goalkeeper Merelita Waqanidrola, are definitely national reps in training and we’ll be doing all we can to facilitate their development.
“This U17 team is the school’s dream team and everyone involved has invested a lot of effort, time and energy and we’re going to do our best to make everyone proud.”
Motukiliu echoed similar sentiments, commending the former students, teachers and the Delainavesi community for their support.
“I must thank the former students for their incredible support. They have really gone above and beyond to help our fundraising efforts, giving so much to our cause. They’ve really taken a proactive role in supporting our extra-curricular activities and I’m so thankful for their support.
The national finals are expected to be held at the ANZ Stadium car park on August 14 and 15, at the end of the second school term.
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