by Greta Yeoman
It was Craighead Diocesan’s time to shine at the Aoraki secondary schools netball tournament on Sunday.
The Timaru school remained unbeaten throughout the pool play games and beat Oamaru’s St Kevin’s College 23-14 in the final match of the day.
The tournament, held in Ashburton on Sunday, was attended by schools from Ashburton, Oamaru, Timaru, Mt Hutt and Mackenzie.
Craighead beat Timaru Girls’ 21-11 in its first game, followed by a 22-15 win against St Kevin’s in the pool games, before proceeding to beat Geraldine High School 24-16 in their semifinal.
The Timaru team then claimed first place in the A final with a return match against St Kevin’s, which came second, followed by Waitaki Girls’ High, third, and Geraldine High School, fourth.
The B grade final was won by Ashburton College’s Senior B team, which scored a 9-5 victory over Mackenzie College.
Mt Hutt College placed third in the B grade, claiming an 11-9 win against Roncalli College, which came fourth.
The Aoraki competition is a lead-up event for schools heading to the South Island event in Dunedin on September 3-6.
South Canterbury will also play host to the national secondary schools netball championships, which will be held in Timaru from October 9-12.