Pare-Plim call­ing for col­lege play­ers

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For the first time in its 45-year his­tory, Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton Net­ball Club is of­fer­ing col­le­giate teams.

‘‘ While we have al­ways wel­comed school girls tri­alling and play­ing in our pre­mier teams, this will be the first time we have had col­le­giate teams,’’ said club cap­tain Chan­talle Cor­bett.

The de­mand for clubs to pro­vide school girls the op­por­tu­nity to play to­gether rather than in an adult or pre­mier grade is in­creas­ing, she said. The area has a huge num­ber of fam­i­lies with girls at­tend­ing city schools but, for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, the com­mit­ment to train­ing and play­ing in the Welling­ton com­pe­ti­tion is dif­fi­cult, she said.

‘‘With most of the net­ball now played at the ASB Arena in Kil­birnie, well that’s a 40-minute trip from here.’’ Cor­bett said the im­pe­tus be­hind the idea was an ap­proach from sev­eral par­ents from St Mary’s Col­lege in Thorn­don. The col­lege had 10 teams in last year’s Kapi-Mana col­le­giate com­pe­ti­tion but has de­cided not to en­ter any for 2013.

Par­ent Su Davies said she un­der­stood there was a lack of per­son­nel at the school to sup­port the Kapi-Mana teams.

‘‘So while we are all very dis­ap­pointed, our mo­ti­va­tion is to look for other op­por­tu­ni­ties to keep the girls play­ing net­ball. We had over 60 girls reg­is­tered to play in the Kapi-Mana com­pe­ti­tion. I used to play for Pare-Plim so that’s where I thought I’d try. So far, things are look­ing good.’’

Davies said there will be the same level of com­mit­ment needed of par­ents if their girls were play­ing at school. Teams will need par­ent sup­port through coach­ing or man­ag­ing.

Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton Net­ball Club’s Col­le­giate Tri­als are sched­uled for 10am this Sun­day, March 10, Pare­mata School. Tri­als are open to all girls at­tend­ing col­lege. To reg­is­ter visit ppnc.co.nz.

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