Go­ing big league

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A col­lege net­baller is well on the way to ful­fill­ing her dream of play­ing for New Zealand – de­spite say­ing she is ‘‘cursed’’.

Aotea Col­lege year 13 stu­dent Sharnii Lin­tern says her in­jured knee hurts only be­fore big games, and jokes that dark forces are to blame.

The 17-year-old goal at­tack played for the na­tional Aotearoa Maori team in last week’s trans-Tas­man sec­ondary school net­ball tour­na­ment, held at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

Aotearoa Maori won four of their six games and placed third over­all.

The team got off to a rocky start in their first game, against School Sports Aus­tralia, and Lin­tern blames their 27-32 loss on not ap­ply­ing their re­hearsed tac­tics. ‘‘It was a good learn­ing curve.’’ She had only trained once be­fore with the team – at a boot camp-style week­end, which was ‘‘full-on’’ but worth it.

Lin­tern was the only Porirua girl on the team, and took it upon her­self to show her team­mates around the city. ‘‘They seem to like it, ac­tu­ally.’’ With a bit of physio for her knee and some more ex­pe­ri­ence, she hopes to reach Sil­ver Ferns stan­dards.

‘‘I’ve got to get more knowl­edge to get fur­ther, and then hope­fully it will come,’’ she said.

Big goals: Aotea Col­lege net­baller Sharnii Lin­tern is on track to rep­re­sent New Zealand in her sport.

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