Te Tai Timu mak­ing waves

Net­ballers up for new chal­lenges

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The rise has been swift for Te Tai Timu, but it doesn’t come as a huge sur­prise to Tash Marsters.

The head of the Porirua net­ball club, which has been in ex­is­tence for only two years, is de­lighted that two Te Tai Timu sides will com­pete in the Kapi Mana net­ball pre­mier 1 grade. The new sea­son starts on Satur­day.

She knows they will have their work cut out against peren­nial con­tenders like Norths and KBJ, but a one-point loss to Norths in last year’s fi­nal fills Marsters with con­fi­dence.

‘‘All of us [at Te Tai Timu] have come from dif­fer­ent teams,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re all good friends and we love play­ing this game hard and for each other, but with­out the pol­i­tics you get at some clubs.’’

There were no coaches at the fledg­ling club, Marsters said, with strat­egy and in­put on game day ex­pected and wel­comed by the play­ers.

The Te Tai Timu sec­ond team, made up of play­ers aged over 30, fin­ished sec­ond in pre­mier 2 last year and will join the club’s first team in pre­mier 1.

There would be a lot of ri­valry when the two teams even­tu­ally ran into each other, Mart­sers said, but it would stay on the court.

Pre- sea­son is al­ready well un­der way, with three tour­na­ments played by the Te Tai Timu teams.

‘‘We’re ready for the start of this sea­son, def­i­nitely. The girls are 100 per cent ready.’’

She said hav­ing a chance to play in the re­gional Su­per League would be a boon for the play­ers, who would get ex­po­sure to a high cal­i­bre of net­ball each week.

Marsters said an­other Te Tai Timu team might be cre­ated soon, pos­si­bly a col­lege-aged side.

The Kapi Mana pre­mier 1 grade will be made up of Norths 1 and 2, Te Tai Timu 1 and 2, KBJ 1, Rockz 1 and teams from Mana and Tawa col­leges.

Norths 1, Te Tai Timu 1, KBJ 1 and Rockz 1, who fin­ished in the top four last sea­son, will play each other in the first three weeks of the sea­son for two places in the Su­per League.

Mean­while, two Porirua net­ballers, Colleen Faleafaga and Mila Reuelu- Buchanan, were named in the 12-strong New Zealand sec­ondary schools net­ball squad last week.

Coach Julie Sey­mour said the level of tri­al­ists was out­stand­ing and it was a strong squad to com­pete in the un­der- 19 tran­sTas­man tour­na­ment next month.

Kapi Mana cen­tre play­ers Jer­maine Howard-Val­lance and Tay­lor have also made the Aotearoa Maori sec­ondary school team.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

– Tash Marsters KBJ 1 cen­tre Tia Rameka lets the ball go un­der pres­sure dur­ing her team’s big win over Kahu­rangi last sea­son.

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