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By Jamie Regan
Berkley Intermediate has won the 2016 Aims Games netball competition, beating Hutt Intermediate with the last shot of the game at Blake Park.
Hutt, who have been undefeated all season and won the Wellington Regional Intermediate competition earlier this year, faltered with the last play of the game as Berkley won 20-19.
There were times in the game when both teams had a chance to break away but neither side let up, providing an exhilarating match.
Berkley coach Natalie Walker was overwhelmed with emotion after the final whistle, thanking everyone who made the teams victory possible.
“It’s been an amazing journey – it’s just incredible and I’m lost for words,” Cooper said. “Our players were exhausted (before the final) and it’s just a fantastic feeling to come and win. It’s our first time in the finals and I’m so proud of the girls, it’s emotional.
“I want to thank all our friends and Whanau who have supported the girls along the way. Ka Mau te Wehi,” Cooper said.
The final saw a thrilling end to the netball competition, with Berkley showing true determination coupled with skill and talent to take out the A grade title.
Maidstone Intermediate beat Matamata in the B grade final, Sacred Heart Girls’ from New Plymouth took out Bethlehem College in the C grade and Piopio College beat the Monrad Invitational team in the D grade decider.