Term 3 training for U14 girls will start on Wednesday 4 May and will continue as follows:
For those girls who are selected for Pan Pac teams I will let you know about additional Friday training.
The fee for Term 2 training is $240 for the term. Can you please pay this amount to the Marist account:
Marist Auckland Water Polo
with the following reference:
“U14G” – The players initial and surname - “Term 2”
U14 Girls Co-ordinator”
U14 Girls grade is for all girls born in 2002 or later. For term 1 trainings are on Sundays as follows:
Please feel free to come along to training. If you want to play for Marist U14 Girls it is important that you register on this website. The U14 Girls co-ordinator is Jenny Spillane (or 027 603 6990). Please feel free to contact Jenny if you have any questions or concerns.
Term 1 training for Marist U14 Girls kicks off on Sunday 21 February, 2.30pm to 4pm at St Cuthberts. U14 Girls grade is for all girls born in 2002 or later. Please feel free to come along to training. If you want to play for Marist U14 Girls it is important that you register on this website. The U14 Girls co-ordinator is Jenny Spillane or 027 603 6990). Please feel free to contact Jenny if you have any questions or concerns.
2014 Pan Pacs Training
Coaches: Sarah Brookes and Annablla Paterson
Manager: David Tomoana
Wednesdays at Dio 6.30-8pm (from May 7th)
Thursdays at SHC 6.00-7.30pm (from May 8th)
What a successful U14 Girls programme this year! If you have been watching the Facebook page you will see that we took out division 1 and division 2 Championships.
The White team travelled to Mount Maunganui this year for division 2 Nationals, guided by the coaching prowess of Charlotte Valentine and Rebecca Dreadon and top manager Dannielle Houlker. 12 girls headed to the Mount where they won their first three games, putting them at the top of their pool. Unfortunately the girls lost their cross over against Tauranga B 2-3, which included a controversial last minute goal. Luckily there was an upset in the other cross over game and Marist made it into the final with a chance to redeem themselves against Tauranga B. Once again the game went to the wire and this time Marist prevailed 2-1. Yeah!!.... Much celebrating and the girls headed home, tired but very happy and clutching gold medals. The tournament was topped off by well deserving Outstanding Player Awards for Sophie Dixon and Georgia Bason.
Two teams traveled to Wellington for division 1 Nationals, the Red and Blue teams.
Marist Blue, coached by Louise Clark and Canny Huang and managed by Lynore Conelly had the tough side of the pool and started their first day with 3 losses. Nevertheless they kept their spirits up and Sunday was another day. First up they lost to Tauranga A, but played Wharenui in the afternoon and came away with their first win 14-0! Needless to say, they were in the Plate division, but as one of only two ‘B’ teams this was still a great achievement. The girls won the next 3 games and finally drew with Otago to place 2nd in the Plate and 8th overall out of 12 teams – a great achievement.
Marist Red, coached by Sarah Brooks and managed by Dawn Wilson, started strongly, winning all their pool games and coming top of their pool. Thus getting an automatic pass into the semifinals. The girls played their semifinal against Waitakere, raring to go. Waitakere came out fighting and at full time it was 4-4, leading to a penalty shoot out. With some great saves by Antonia (Noni) Young, it was equal after the first five penalties. The next step was shot for shot, waiting for one team to score while the other missed. Waitakere missed their first shot, and Olivia Wilson stepped up but hit the bar, however the Waitakere goalie was not correctly in the goal and the shot had to be retaken. Olivia scored her second attempt and the Red team were through to the final. Much cheering and jubilation… the age group coordinator found it more stressful than the 2011 Rugby World Cup Final!! The following day the Red team took on Tauranga in the final. A hard game, but the girls played their own game and came out on top 6-3!! Gold to Red and much more celebrating! Very well earned Outstanding Player Award for Kelsey Snelgar and Noni was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament.
Both teams headed into Wellington city for a well earned celebration pizza, before flying home (making the flight the noisiest plane the air hostesses have ever heard) and heading home for a well earned rest.
We were very proud of all our U14 Marist girls who all played with great determination, helped each other out in the pool and in camp and showed great sportsmanship. They had the best of coaching teams which I'm sure is why we had such great results. A huge thank you to all the parents who helped out with fundraising and 'taxi driving' and lastly a big thank you to the girls who were a pleasure to work with this year.
Lynore Conelly – U14 girls Age Group Coordinator and Blue team Manager
I am pleased to advise our Head Coach this year is Sarah Brooks. Many of you will know her from last season. She is very dedicated and our girls are lucky to have her on board. Some info about Sarah :
Sarah is in her ninth year of coaching Epsom water polo girls (range of levels over the years). She has coached Marist under 16's 2009 and Marist under 14's 2010 and 2011, 2012. She played for Epsom Premier team (5 years) whilst at school and played in all Marist year levels, winning a number of titles over the years. She is inspired to coach by a passion for the sport, helping athletes progress, and helping pass on what her coaches taught her.
We have been advised that the 2013 Auckland league will start the weekend of the 19/20 October.
U14 Nationals this year are 14 - 17th December.
Div 1 Nationals in Wellington.
Div 2 Nationals in Mount Manganui
Once again we hope to send two teams to both tournaments.
The costs for both these tournaments will be similar to last year and once again we hope to do a couple of fundraising initiatives to raise money to help out with these costs.