Last week we had three school teams from Auroa Primary School competing in national events. Our Girls Basketball team was in Tauranga, competing in the NZAIMS games. They played five pool games against teams from all over New Zealand.
In our opening game we were able to beat Dio School (from Auckland) 45-22. In our second game we played one of the four tournament host schools, Otumoetai Intermediate. It was an extremely close game with Auroa leading at half time 12-6 before Otumoetai were able to come from behind and win the game 17-24. Auroa were able to pick themselves up on day two, defeating Dunedin North Intermediate 30-23. Our next game saw us take on eventual tournament finalists (and defending New Zealand Champions) Te Kura O Te Koutu. Te Koutu were too slick and strong for Auroa winning 16-54. That left Auroa with a final pool game against Highlands Intermediate, who were too good winning 25-37.
On Thursday Auroa Primary School had cross over and placing games. We had to take on one of the largest Intermediates in New Zealand, Northcross Intermediate School. They proved too good for Auroa, just, winning 33-42. Our second placement game was against another of the local host Intermediates, Mount Manganui Intermediate. Auroa were able to defeat Mount Manganui 39-20. This lead to the final game of the tournament for Auroa, against Rotoruas Mokoia Intermediate. Mokoia were up by five points at half time before Auroa were able to chase the game down taking the victory 41-36.