Going big league
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.