2009 Goalball Nationals

The New Zealand Goalball Nationals were recently held at ACG College in Auckland from 2-5 October.  

Six teams competed in the open division with teams from Canterbury, Waikato, Australia, and two teams from Auckland and a Barbarians team. Two teams competed in the womens division, one from Auckland and one from Canterbury.

After three days of competition in the open division the semi finalists were found.  In the first semifinal the top qualifying team, Auckland Green played the Australian team, the Wombats, and won comfortably. The second semifinal between Auckland Gold and the Barbarians was a much closer affair.  At full time the score was 2-2, so the game went into extra time and then to a penalty shoot out to decide the winner.  Gold took out the first ever penalty shootout held at a New Zealand Nationals, 3-1.  

The final was another tight game with the score all tied up at 1-1 with only seconds left to play.   Just as it looked like we were going to have another final going into extra time Auckland Green scored and took out the New Zealand Nationals for the second year in a row.  The Auckland Green team consisted on Paihau Solomon, Jason Griffiths, Steve Rawiri, Chris Orr, Tet Peng, Charles Tauhore (Coach), William Heremaia (Assistant Coach).  

Best offensive player was awarded to Paihau Solomon and best defensive player went to Mike Law from Auckland Gold.  

The womens competition was held between Auckland and Canterbury.  Seven games were played with some close games being played but Canterbury eventually came out on top in all seven games.  The Canterbury team consisted of Petronella Spicer, Jo Froggatt, Carina Duke, Lucy Wood, Paul Barclay (Coach), Sue Thoms (Assistant Coach) and Lauren Duke (Assistant Coach).  

In the women’s competition the best defensive player was awarded to Jo Froggatt and best offensive player went to Carina Duke.

The spirit of sport award this year was given to Kaye Kay-Smith who played for both the Auckland women’s team and the Waikato open team. Next year the nationals will be held in October in Christchurch, watch here for more information.

-Troy Ramsay