What a way to end the season in emphatic fashion with TAS Ecolab winning the Te Awamutu Premier Reserve Championship 52-26 over Tumeke Netball Club.
With a full strength squad, the sun shining and their supporters in full force, there was no stopping TAS Ecolab from winning this championship title for 2016.
1st quarter started with a couple changes from their normal starting line-up with Katelin Crawford back from an ankle injury that has plagued her for the past few months starting at WA and Mya Sunnex starting at WD.
TAS Ecolab started off well and jumped out to a quick lead on the scoreboard over Tumeke and continued to show dominance throughout the quarter. But with the head to head battle of the two clubs at 1 Win each for the season, today was always going to be a battle. Crawford showed some nice touches throughout the court combing with Jazz Sutherland in the attacking end and their shooters. End of 1st Quarter: TAS 10 Tumeke 7
Leading from the Front as she has all season was their Captain Brittany van den Einden putting Tumeke Shooters under lots of pressure. Elayna Crawford shared half a game each at GK with Joanne Denton. Crawford and Denton offer different characteristics to the defensive circle with Crawford showing more physicality and communication in the circle and Denton showing her ability on court to anticipate the intercepts and her athleticism to out jump her opponents in the air.
TAS Ecolab shooters were on fire today led by their GA, Kayla To’angutu who shot from everywhere and combined well with Janene Parlane. Coach Hyrum Sunnex said “Kayla and Janene’s combination as a shooting pairing has really developed throughout this season after some work from Mental Skills Coach Mark Sutherland. It’s been great to watch them work so well together come the business end of the season”. End of 2nd Quarter: TAS 27 Tumeke 10
In the third quarter, the lead continued to increase but you could see the frustration from the Tumeke players and the game turned physical in this quarter and TAS Ecolab were frustrated and fell into the trap of going away from their game plan and style.
This allowed Tumeke to win the Quarter but TAS Ecolab still led 36-22 heading into the Final Quarter. The last time the two teams met, Tumeke came from behind and deservingly stole victory from TAS Ecolab grasp. But after their final words from their Coaches at quarter time, nothing was going to stop TAS Ecolab from victory as they turned on a display of netball for all who were watching.
They moved away from the Physical battle and used their fitness, skill and speed to their advantage and raked up the points in the final quarter to prove their dominance in this grade and become Champions for 2016.
The whole team played outstanding, everyone was able to get court time in the Final and it was great to see their skill level on show. Coach Sunnex said in his final summary of the game “it was great to get the win, but also to be able to get everyone on court, and for them to play so well as a team today”.
Player of the Day was shooter Kayla To’angutu who shot over 80% for the day and making over 35 of the 52 goals. She will definitely be missed next season as she embarks on an 18 month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tokyo, Japan.
Next season is going to be exciting time for the club in 2017 and the first goal will be to grade for Premier Grade. There is a good feel in the club with the athletes involved in it and the culture that has been created over the past few season, and TAS Ecolab will definitely be a team to watch next season.
Special Thanks has to go to the Coaching Staff of TAS Ecolab this season that included Coach Hyrum Sunnex who recruited well this season and will be embarking on more off season Coaching Clinics to continue on his PCQ – Performance Coach Qualification.
He will be attending a coaching clinic in Wellington on September 10 – 11th, covering Skill Acquisition and Mental Skills. He will also be attending a further workshop focussed on Game Analysis a few weeks later.
More thanks has to go to Mark Sutherland who was Ecolab’s and Crowe Horwath Mental Skills Coach, the club was definitely privileged in having Mark involved in the club this season in offering his talents and skills to the players and coaches, for more information on Mark Sutherland please see his website on http://www.thegoldmedalzone.co.nz/ for more information.
Thanks also to Demi Braun, who was one of our new coaches in the premier squad, for her dedication and commitment to both teams and the club. Finally thank you to the board and committee of the Te Awamutu Sports Netball Club and all those involved in supporting all our teams and players for 2016.
We look forward to trials next year for 2017 in what will be an even better season for the club and the sport. We welcome all new, current and past players to get fit over the summer and be part of the 2017 Premier Squad.