Young play­ers up for NZ squad

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT -

Porirua net­ballers Mila Reuelu-Buchanan and Colleen Faleafaga will get the chance to make the New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools team next month.

The 24 best school-aged net­ballers will meet for a trial at Ep­som Girls Gram­mar in Auck­land. The team con­testS a trans- Tas­man un­der- 19 tour­na­ment in May.

Net­ball New Zealand’s un­der- 19 co- coach Julie Sey­mour said the squad would have their first ex­po­sure to a high­per­for­mance en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Some of them have been in the sec­ondary schools team be­fore, but for a lot of the play­ers, the three-day camp is the first step on the path­way to a po­ten­tial ca­reer play­ing net­ball,’’ she said.

‘‘The key for them is to come fo­cused and ready to fight for their spot in the team.’’

Faleafaga (St Mary’s Col­lege) and Reuelu-Buchanan (Welling­ton East) have both tri­alled for New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools be­fore.

Ro­torua will host the tour­na­ment, with Australia send­ing two teams. The event will in­clude an un­der19 Aotearoa Maori side.

Branch­ing out: Ar­borist Kieran Ed­wards in the foot lock sec­tion of the Welling­ton re­gional tree climb­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Wil­low­bank Park. The ar­borists were timed climb­ing the 12-me­tre rope to ring a bell at the top.

Up a tree: Ar­borist War­ren Smith in the foot lock sec­tion of the Welling­ton re­gional tree climb­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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