Aimee Berkett

A dynamic duo from Waimea College’s Senior A team says that teamwork was the key ingredient for their first win of the season.

Captain and vice-captain, Milly Thurlow and Jade Gower, have been playing side by side for nearly a decade, and say that their partnership helped them secure the win.

“Whenever Milly and I are on the court at the same time I always look to feed her in the circle,” Jade says.

Waimea College’s Senior A team took on Jacks Club Black team last Saturday. It was a close call in the first quarter, with both teams coming out firing for their first game of the season, ending the first quarter 8-8.

By half-time Waimea had taken the lead 17-13, with Milly giving a standout performance with her strong shooting.
Club team Jacks Black kept up with the Waimea girls because of their strong defence, never letting them get more than a 5-goal lead and resulting in the third quarter finishing 26-21.

Despite Jacks Black fighting hard, Waimea kept their tight lead, ending the game with a win 36-31.

Milly says the reason they won is strong teamwork, despite having little time to prepare for the season due to the many weeks of stand down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I think the girls` performance was amazing for the first game of the season but, saying that, there is still a lot we have to improve on,” she says.

Both Milly and Jade had strong performances for the first game of the season, with Milly in Goal Attack and Jade supporting in Wing Attack.

The pair have played together for 9 years since starting out at Mapua School then moving onto Waimea College, along with a few seasons for the Nelson rep teams.

With one of them being a midcourt player and the other being a shooter, it makes them the perfect duo for the attacking end.

“I have played with her for so long that I know how she plays,” Jade says.

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