Tough ini­ti­a­tion for net­ballers

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

KBJ were handed a tow­elling in their first Su­per League net­ball match last Thurs­day night, but are promis­ing to bounce back.

The Kapi Mana re­gion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in di­vi­sion 2 will take on the best from Hutt Val­ley, Kapiti and Welling­ton in the com­ing weeks.

On Thurs­day they were well beaten, 59-38, by Maid­stone from Up­per Hutt.

Coach Hori Waaka said KBJ found out hours only be­fore their match they had made it into the Su­per League, af­ter Norths with­drew.

‘‘We had a real bap­tism of fire – the ref­er­ee­ing, the pace, the skill level – and it was a bit rushed to start with.

‘‘It was a shock for the girls, but they re­cov­ered well. We won the last quar­ter 14-12, and we’ll get our struc­tures bet­ter and kick on from here.’’

Photo: PETER McDON­ALD

On the front foot: Alisha Akavi

bat­tles for the ball against Maid­stone United at Te Rau­paraha

Arena on Thurs­day night.

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