It was an intense season for our Year 9-13 SMC Basketball teams this year. Teams played games on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the past term, doing their best and developing teamwork. With the regular season finished and tournament week coming up, here is the final placings for our school basketball teams who played in the Counties Manukau Zone.

It was an intense season for our Year 9-13 SMC Basketball teams this year. Teams played games on Tuesdays and Thursdays over the past term, doing their best and developing teamwork. With the regular season finished and tournament week coming up, here is the final placings for our school basketball teams who played in the Counties Manukau Zone.

Among our Junior Year 9&10 teams, our Junior Development team placed 1st in the Junior B Plate grade. The Junior Blue B team came 7th overall in the Junior B Championship grade while our Junior Navy A team placed 5th in the Junior A Championship grade.

Moving on to the U17 teams, our Gold A team placed 2nd in the U17 B Grade. Our Blue B team placed 10th in the same grade. Unfortunately, our U17 Girls came last place in the U17 Girls Grade. They played against strong A teams, and showed massive improvement throughout the season, individually and as a team.

Finally, on to our U19 Boys. After a well-played game against Rosehill, the boys placed 3rd in the Senior Open A Grade.

Our Junior A team and our U19 team will play in qualifying premierships during tournament week. From there, they will hopefully make it to the National Championships where teams from around New Zealand will play for the top spot. Our teams will play opponents that they have never faced before. We wish them all the very best for tournament week.

Ethan Siao

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From August 31 to September 13, 150+ Sancta Maria College students will compete in 12 different sports codes in various tournaments throughout the North Island. This is one of the largest collections of sporting talent that our school has been able to form and it’s a terrific reflection of the hard work and dedication that our students, staff, teachers, parents and community have shown over the last few seasons.

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