A massive congratulations to our Junior A Girls who won gold at the South Island Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships!
This week the South Island Junior Secondary School Volleyball Championships were held at Saxton Stadium with 70 teams across Te Waipounamu competing.
Nayland College had 3 Girls teams and 1 Boys team representing the school. It would be an understatement to say the week was a success. All teams had an outstanding week of volleyball and the final results were something special.
The Junior A Boys went through 2 days of pool play winning 6 games and qualifying for the semi-finals. In a battle against Burnside HS they couldn’t quite get over the line through to the final. But they came out firing in the bronze medal match against Kings HS to claim 3rd place. To top off this fantastic achievement Arlo Mclean and Eli Scowcroft were named in the tournament team.
In the girl’s competition our Junior A Girls decided to create a bit of history. After coming through pool play they qualified for the semi finals playing Nelson College for Girls. The girls played tough and came out with a hard fought win to make it through to the South Island final against Christchurch Girls HS. The final quickly turned into a three set classic that entertained the large home town crowd. The girls held firm and came away with the win picking up the gold medal and the first Nayland College girls team to hold the trophy in the history of the event.
Watch the final winning shot here: https://fb.watch/g-Gv1S9jFS/
The Junior B team also had an outstanding week topping their pool and qualifying into the top 8 finishing 7th overall. An unbelievable performance to have 2 Nayland teams in the top 8 this being a first as well.
The Junior C team also joined in the action in Division 2 along with 20 other teams picking up 6 wins through the week also making it through to the top 8 and placing 7th overall.
Just an awesome experience and opportunity for these student athletes out there doing Nayland College proud. The biggest thank you to all the coaches, managers and whānau involved in supporting our rangatahi.
By Brendan Crichton