Junior College Teams Basketball Derby

Exciting Junior Girls Clash

By Raima Kingi and Hamish Weir, Kapiti College Junior Girls Coaches

Wednesday 13 September saw the inaugural end of year derby between Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College Junior Girls.

Both teams were missing some key players, but managed to entertain the crowd with a hard-fought game played in great spirit.

Kapiti College were looking to overturn a 48 point loss from when the two teams last met in the regular season, and showed their much improved skills and team work by dominating and winning the first two quarters to go into halftime with a 7 point lead.

A game of two halves

In what turned out to truly be a game of two halves, Paraparaumu College rallied in the third quarter to take a 1 point lead into the final period. Unfortunately, Kapiti College couldn’t re-find their form of the first half and Paraparaumu College ended victorious.

The final score was Paraparaumu College 35 – Kapiti College 28.

Although Kapiti Players Leah Muir-Clarke and Amelia Weir dominated the scoreboard with 11 points each, this was another great team effort and a credit to both KC Junior Girls Teams dedication and efforts this season.

Leah and Amelia were complemented well by other KC Junior Girls1 Team regulars Connie Ford and Gwyneth Skidmore who all combined seamlessly with Lilly Greenham, Liezel Cundy and Pearl Thomson-Yip from the KC Junior Girls 2 Team to do Kapiti College proud.

While we celebrated together with some shared pizzas and drinks afterwards our players will be keen to change the result next year.

Kapiti College Junior Boys turn the tables

By Kapiti College Coach, Paul Roberts

 

The successful Kapiti College Team

The Kapiti College Boys were keen for another opportunity to play and end a long season on a high note.  Finishing the Division 1 season as finalists was a high point of the season for us but we were left with a bitter taste in the mouth after a narrow loss in that final.

Getting the boys together for one more game after a week and a half off with no training wasn’t at all difficult and we jumped at the chance to play Paraparaumu College for the Patrick Caudle Cup.

Paraparaumu College lifted the trophy at the end of a tough game for us in 2016 at the inaugural traditional game.

This year the boys were confident of settling the score.  Paraparaumu College controlled the opening tip and scored first, but that was the last time they would lead in a one-sided game of basketball.

Kapiti College took the win and the Cup with a convincing 86 – 46 score. 

Top scorers on the night were Wilford Roberts (38 points) and Kian Deehan (11 points).  The boys have been well supported all year by family and loyal friends and it was awesome to see a larger number of our supporters at Paraparaumu College cheering them on.