Day 4 - Women's Qualifying Final - New Zealand 88 def Samoa 25

The game started slowly from both teams as the temperature reached a staggering 34 degrees and the stadium and people inside it were insanely hot.

New Zealand started the quarter with a lead of a few points but Samoa fought hard, trying their best not to just let the New Zealanders take too much of a lead.

As much as both New Zealand and Samoa tried, the heat and exhaustion was just too much for them to play their usual fast moving and strong game.

New Zealand put a defensive zone at play which slowed down the game a bit more, and gave both teams a chance to relax a little bit for a few seconds but the Samoan girls just fought it hard and didn’t use any defensive strategies that were obvious.

The Samoan girls fell behind but they didn’t once give up or stop trying, as much as they tried they still fell behind and New Zealand took the lead for the first quarter with the scores New Zealand 26 to Samoa 8.

The second quarter started with cheering and chanting from the crowd around.

The Samoan girls started strong and brought their game to New Zealand, but unfortunately for Samoa, New Zealand scored early giving them more of a lead, but the Samoan girls fought hard as the New Zealand girls played their hardest.

Once again the Samoan cheering and chanting squad were back to support their team, the Samoan boys team were in the grandstands the whole first half and stayed for the whole match cheering and chanting their girls on.

With every goal scored from New Zealand, the Samoan girls just wouldn’t give up, their enthusiasm incredible, the quarter ended with New Zealand leading by 32 with the scores; New Zealand on 44 to Samoa’s 12.

During the first half of the match, Janice Moke from Samoa played an incredible half scoring 6 points for her team, half of their score and being a big contributor to the team.

Ella Lotomau also from Samoa, played a really good half, showing the New Zealand girls that Samoa have what it takes to beat them, with their strong defense.

With the half time break a very well deserved from both teams, New Zealand and Samoa started off a bit faster than the rest of the match had been.

New Zealand kept their lead, taking many fast breaks and shooting heaps of goals, a fair majority of New Zealand’s goals would go in, and New Zealand’s accuracy was what was letting Samoa down.

The third quarter was fought hard by Samoa, and New Zealand just kept scoring and playing hard, the final scores for the quarter were New Zealand on 67 and Samoa on 14, New Zealand holding a lead of 53 points.

The fourth quarter was fought hard and heated by both teams, the temperature was just climbing and the heat becoming unbearable for all, on court or off.

Hanna Tusa from New Zealand played a fantastic match, scoring 10 points for her team in just the first half and many more in the second, and being quite a crucial player to her teams win.

Samoa played an outstanding quarter with strong defense, and not once did it seem they were going to give up, New Zealand also played well and the match ended with the scores; New Zealand on 90 to Samoa’s 25, New Zealand having a 65 point win.


By Amy Sanderson of The Reporters’ Academy


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