Basketball students from years five and six at Ruawai Primary School won the Kaipara Primary Basketball Championship Trophy on November 29 in what has been their first year competing in the sport.
“All of our players are sports enthusiasts, but for many of them this was their first time playing basketball,” said Ruawai Primary School basketball manager, Natalia Partridge. “Their skills grew quickly, along with their companionship and confidence.”
“I’m used to ballet where I need to be delicate and poised but doing basketball I’ve learnt to be strong and rough,” said 10-year-old Olivia Partridge.
Each Monday morning they crossed the road to the Ruawai College gymnasium for a training session with coach Paul Rawaho, where they learned the basics. “We learnt how to use the backboard to shoot and how to dribble the ball,” said 9-year-old Skyla Grieve.
Every Thursday they travelled to the Kaiwaka Sports Complex to play other schools from around the Kaipara district.
“Our first game was tough, and we came a close second, but the seed had been planted, and our team were hungry for a win,” said Natalia.
Despite the nerves and excitement, the players were getting consistent wins bringing them to the final round securing them the season trophy.
“Now they can’t wait for the competition next year,” said Natalia.