Tawa’s Aimee Edmonds and Plimmerton’s Olivia Mercer were the envy of their mates when they experienced the atmosphere up close at the Central Pulse netball game in Porirua, thanks to the ANZ Future Captains promotion.
Aimee met the players at the soldout Te Rauparaha Arena and was the flag-bearer for the Pulse as the teams came out. Though not a netball player herself, she loves watching the game and her experience behind the scenes was heightened when Pulse shooter Caitlin Thwaites gave her a big hug before going on court.
‘‘I was over the moon when I found out I’d won [the Futures promotion]. My whole family came along to watch me and my friends recorded the game so we can see it a few times again,’’ Aimee said.
Meanwhile, Olivia a keen netballer for the aptly- named Plimmerton Pulse, said she was overwhelmed to see the pros in real life.
‘‘It was such a cool night, the Pulse played really well and I was buzzing when they won [50-45]. The best part was talking to Katrina, she plays defence like I do and is definitely one of my favourite players.’’ Olivia said.
Flying the flag: Plimmerton School’s Olivia Mercer, left, and Tawa Intermediate’s Aimee Edmonds with Central Pulse skipper Katrina Grant and her Canterbury Tactix counterpart Maree Bowden before the start of the ANZ Championship game on April 23.