The pinnacle of the sporting calendar came at the NZMSA Sports Exchange, this year held up in the windy capital, Wellington. We took a team of 30 for the weekend and played in six sports: Boys Rugby 7s, Girls Netball, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball and Mixed Netball. After a wonderful flat crawl hosted by the locals we were up early only to be greeted by atrocious conditions.
Starting the day off well with a win against Auckland in the 7s, the girls returned from the gym as champions of the Netball! Unfortunately, the boys then lost two games on the trot to come third in the 7s overall and took us into the lunchtime break in a solid but not spectacular position. Tyson “Wrecking” Ball unsurprisingly earnt the title of 7s MVP, probably something to do with his supreme fitness and speed.
Soccer followed on after lunch and we had a wonderful performance in double extra time against Wellington to secure the overall win. A huge effort by Shamus Moffat earned him the title of Soccer MVP for the weekend and was ably supported by Fraser Jeffrey and Nick Parish.
The Volleyball didn’t quite go our way but with NZ reps in the opposition, it was always going to be an uphill battle. Despite this, Nina Domanski came through earning MVP for the sport, adding to Tyson and Shamus’ earlier titles.
Coming into the final events of the day we were ready to make a push for the overall title and finished up with solid 2nd places in both the basketball, led by Kaukiterangi Blair, and in the mixed netball, headed by the height and hops of Rhiaan Smith.
At the end of the day we did ourselves proud, coming home just a point shy of the home team Wellington in the overall trophy and had to head home empty handed. It was a shame to relinquish our title and the shield but no doubt next year we will come back fighting.