Lo­cals win arena’s first game

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

A lo­cal sports team was the first to win a fi­nal at Welling­ton’s new­est sports arena – and they did it be­fore the venue was of­fi­cially open.

The Kapi Mana year 7 rep­re­sen­ta­tive net­ball team played off against five other Welling­ton net­ball clubs over a se­ries of weeks, and on Sunday, Au­gust 21, they won the sea­son ti­tle at the new ASB Sports Cen­tre in Kil­birnie.

‘‘It has been a long re­gional tour­na­ment . . . and the fi­nal two teams [were] given the op­por­tu­nity to play their fi­nals in the very new Welling­ton sports arena as cur­tain rais­ers for the fi­nals of the Su­per League net­ball grades,’’ said par­ent and team sup­porter Luana Vailalo.

Both the year 7 and year 8 Kapi Mana teams were un­beaten through­out the tour­na­ment coming into the fi­nals, and the year 7 team has done well to bat­tle through to a win, she said. ‘‘It’s re­ally good, we’re re­ally happy. ‘‘I think the win was well de­served.’’ The new courts at the arena were ‘‘ the bomb’’, she said.

‘‘It was re­ally ex­cit­ing. There’s just so much space, it’s hu­mungous and all the fa­cil­i­ties were just so flash. When the girls walked in they were so ex­cited,’’ Ms Vailalo said. ‘‘I guess it just made them want to play all the harder.’’

The year 7 team also re­ceived the Fair Play tro­phy, an award voted on by the other teams.

The 12-court $47.5 mil­lion ASB Sports Cen­tre in Kil­birnie was of­fi­cially opened on Satur­day, Au­gust 27.

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