Nayland College has added another two regional titles to their ever-growing trophy cabinet, winning the Senior Boys and Junior Girls categories at the Tasman Secondary Schools’ Volleyball Championships on Friday 16th March at Saxton Stadium.
The Nayland Junior Girls team, known as Nayland Maroon, won their finals 2-0 sets against Garin Junior Girls A. The Nayland Senior Boys team won their finals 2-0 sets against Nelson College.
Despite the seemingly easy wins made by both teams, Nayland Senior Boys team member, Max McGeady explained that each set was “very close” and “we played at our highest standard as a team”. Coach of Nayland Maroon, Cameron Dyer, said “the girls played well, with their serving really winning them the day”.
The Junior Boys category was won by Waimea College and the Senior Girls category was won by Nelson College for Girls. Notably, the Nayland Senior Girls team made it to the finals by placing a close second.
The atmosphere of the finals was “crazy, with people on the stands especially from Nayland cheering us on” said Max McGeady. Nayland Maroon team member, Nikita Kirkwood said the finals were “really nerve-wracking, so there was a lot of relief when we won”.
Nikita went on to explain this is the first time her team has won the regional finals. “We always seem to come second, so it feels great to finally be in first!” she said. According to team captain Ana Piukala, breaking this pattern was the ultimate goal for Nayland Maroon. “Everyone was so determined to win which made us all work even harder.”
Following these achievements, futures for both teams are looking bright. Max McGeady said his team’s new goal is to “build towards making Nationals next year.” Nikita Kirkwood also hopes her team continues its performance at the Junior South Island Championships this November in Dunedin. She went on to add, “This year we are going for gold.”
By Sera King