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Top 16 teams confirmed in Netball NZ U17 Champs

Top 16 teams confirmed in Netball NZ U17 Champs

The top 16 teams have been determined after day two of the Netball NZ U17 Champs at the Pukekohe Netball Centre, with sides from the Waikato Bay of Plenty stamping their mark.

Both Eastern Waikato and Eastern Bay of Plenty went through pool play unbeaten to advance to the play-off rounds which begin tomorrow.

They are joined by the Mt Maunganui-based Harbourside, who edged out the top Waitakere team for a top 16 place, by virtue of a 43-42 nail-biter over Whanganui in the morning. Trust Waikato Hamilton City made it the fourth team from the Waikato Bay of Plenty zone to progress through to the top playoffs.

The Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone continues to grow in force through a strong focus on developing its community coaches.

The biggest upset of the day was handed out by Hutt Valley, who toppled the otherwise unbeaten Manawatu side in the morning’s rounds. Playing as a team and carrying out the basics well, the Hutt side pulled off a spine-tingling 31-30 victory. But it wasn’t quite enough to see them through to the top 16, with Waitakere 2 claiming the spot on goal differential.

The leading teams from Auckland and Wellington continued their assertive runs at this tournament, using their strong benches to good effect and notching up sizeable victories to round out pool play unbeaten. North Harbour and Howick Pakuranga have also advanced without a blemish from their four qualifying matches.

The Netball NZ U17 Champs is the largest event on Netball New Zealand's calendar – this year featuring 38 teams and more than 450 talented young players across the four-day tournament.

Post-section play begins at 8.15am tomorrow, with the quarter-finals played in the afternoon. It is the first time a national Netball tournament has been held at the Pukekohe Netball Centre.

Day 2 Results

Team A Results Team B
Harbourside 43 - 42 Whanganui
Howick Pakuranga A 49 - 34 Waitakere 1
Rotorua 18 - 55 Whangarei
Mangere Otahuhu 26 - 44 Waitakere 2
Manawatu 30 - 31 Hutt Valley
Invitational LBD - WBD* Kapi Mana
Wellington Black A 47 - 18 Trust Waikato Hamilton City B
Kapiti 18 - 47 Christchurch
Ko Rua 14 - 47 Taranaki
Auckland 1 58 - 16 Invercargill
Dunedin 33 - 48 Eastern Waikato
Hawke's Bay 29 - 56 North Harbour 1
Auckland 2 61 - 16 Nelson
Trust Waikato Hamilton City A 48 - 17 North Canterbury
Whangarei 50 - 31 Mid Canterbury
Whanganui 42 - 34 Selwyn
Harbourside 16 - 48 Howick Pakuranga A
Waitakere 2 53 - 13 Wairarapa
Kapi Mana 23 - 34 Gisborne
Taranaki 36 - 28 Pukekohe
Christchurch 53 - 22 Papakura
Wellington B Gold 33 - 39 Eastern Bay of Plenty
Mangere Otahuhu 20 - 47 Manawatu
North Harbour 2 41 - 39 Thames Valley
Kapiti 15 - 42 Wellington Black A
Ko Rua 11 - 70 Auckland 1
Auckland 2 44 - 23 North Canterbury
Trust Waikato Hamilton City A 49 - 20 Nelson
Selwyn 20 - 38 Waitakere 1
Mid Canterbury 17 - 63 North Harbour 1
Rotorua 25 - 45 Hawke's Bay
Invitational LBD - WBD* Dunedin
Gisborne 31 - 42 Eastern Waikato
Hutt Valley 48 - 18 Wairarapa
Pukekohe 52 - 20 Invercargill
Papakura 25 - 41 Trust Waikato Hamilton City B
*Please note: Each team who plays the Invitational Team will be awarded 4 points for a win, and the score will not be included in the goal differential calculation. For this reason, in the system these games have been recorded as ‘won by default’ (WBD).

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