Our U16 Tridents have secured the Clubs third straight U16 National Title yesterday in Rotorua. Our team had an incredible final against a very strong North Harbour Maroon team. The team got off a quick start with goals to Lauren Batchelor, Millie Quin, Holly Gardner and Lucia Partigilani. The team kept the momentum to take a 7-3 lead into the final six minutes. However, North Harbour were not ready to give up and scored 5 goals in 4 minutes to take an 8-7 lead. Holly Gardner secured a crucial ball under on the opposition goalie, and with two quick passes Millie Quin had the game level at 8-8. With just 36 seconds left on the clock, Millie Quin again lobbed the ball past the Goalkeeper for a 9-8 lead. 30 seconds of frantic defence later, our Tridents had secured the title! It was a game worthy of a final and we are very proud of our girls! They had a great tournament and deserve their Gold Medals. A huge thank you to coaches Angie Winstanley Smith and Hamish MacDonald along with super-manager Gerry Whitley! Congratulations to Millie Quin who was named MVP of the Tournament.
2020 U16 Tridents – National Champions:
- Sophie Gardiner, Grace Wilde, Jamie Ashforth, Holly Gardner, Hannah Bell, Lucia Partigilani, Lauren Batchelor, Millie Quin, Georgia Daly, Bella Dalton, Billie Frecker Netten, Emma Gillece & Bella Francis. Coach – Angie Winstanley Smith, Ass. Coach. Hamish MacDonald Manager – Gerry Whitley.
V Waitakere (Win 14-0)
V Marist (Win 15-2)
V Sea Wolf (Win 20-4)
V Atlantis Aqua (Win 8-3)
V Mountfort Park (Win 15-6)
V North Harbour Maroon (Win 9-8)
Tournament MVP: Millie Quin
Our Aqua team also had an incredible tournament. After a tough pool round, winning three tight games they moved on to the top eight, where they beat Waitakere 3-2 to secure a spot in the Semi Finals. They then pushed our Tridents all the way through three periods of the game, before falling away in the final quarter. They had a tough Semi Final v North Harbour where they showed their potential with a 5-4 second half. In the Bronze Medal game, it was within reach the entire match, before the last couple of minutes where Mountfort Park showed their experience to secure a bronze medal. It was a great run for this team who showed how much talent we have in this club! A huge thank you to coaches Hamish, Angie and manager Marcelle Jackson.
This was the clubs fourth National Championship since our foundation. A big thank you to U16 Co-ordinator Deb Yates for all her hard work!
Our attention now turns to the Division 2 U16 Championships in Wellington where we wish Kirsten Hudson and her White team good luck! They have started the Tournament with a win against Canterbury!
Article added: Wednesday 30 September 2020