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Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Weekend SportzMania!

By Francis Cook

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!”

Let’s start with the netball: The object of netball is to put the toss through the hoop at the end of the pitch. You put toss the ball in the hoop by moving the ball across the field by passing the ball between players. When you get the ball close to the hoop, you toss it in and get a point. To win the game, you must get more points than the other team.

On Friday, we played England at netball. Our team scored more points than their team, and our team was better at preventing their team for scoring points, therefore we won. On to the finals!

But first. There was rugby!

In rugby, you run across the field really quickly and charge into players from the other team. You can pass the ball backward to other players if a player from the other team is charging at you. If you can get past the other team, you put the ball down over the line near the end of the pitch – but beware the upside down double cross. If you successfully put the ball down, you score a “try” which gives you points. You can “convert” these points into more points by kicking the ball over the upside down double cross giving you a total of 5 points. The object of the game is to get more points than the other team within the time limit.

We smashed Australia on Saturday. Our players sure got a lot of points. Their players – not so much. Our players were good and preventing the other team from getting points by charging into them. The game ended with Richie McCaw kicking the ball through the double upside down cross before drinking a beer with John Key.

Back to the netball finals!

Sadly, our team didn’t score as many points as their team. And their team was better at preventing our team from scoring points so Australia won.


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