Fi­nan­cial boost for fledg­ling club

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By BRITTANY MANN

Te Ani­waniwa Sports Club has found a pot of gold.

It has been awarded $1500 worth of net­ball gear as part of the ANZ Net­ball Scheme, which is giv­ing away $100,000 worth of equip­ment, uni­forms and game tick­ets and has re­ceived more than 700 ap­pli­ca­tions from around the coun­try.

Te Ani­waniwa Sports Club com­prises one out­door net­ball team and was es­tab­lished af­ter a team of in­door net­ballers de­cided they wanted to play year-round.

They had only two age­ing prac­tice balls and had been fundrais­ing for equip­ment and uni­forms when they ap­plied for the grant.

Their on­line pro­file re­ceived more than 1400 votes of sup­port.

‘‘When I got the call say­ing we had been awarded the grant, I screamed the house down,’’ coach Nikki Kirk said.

The grant paid for new uni­forms, balls, pumps, bibs, drink bot­tles, cones, a stop­watch and a gear bag.

Kirk said it meant the team, who had been play­ing in mis­matched cloth­ing, would con­vey a more pro­fes­sional im­age.

The team have been play­ing to­gether for about five months, and are ranked third in their grade of eight teams. Their nine mem­bers are aged 14 to 40.

The club’s name means ‘‘the rain­bow’’ in te reo Maori and is a ref­er­ence to its mem­bers’ range of back­grounds. Kirk said these in­cluded Maori, Pakeha, Dutch, Ital­ian, Samoan, Scot­tish and Ir­ish.

The club hopes to ex­pand to in­clude so­cial bas­ket­ball and soft­ball teams, touch rugby and a quiz team.

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