Net­ball boost for Puleiata

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Ains­leyana Puleiata has some tough de­ci­sions to make.

The tal­ented Porirua 15-yearold was re­cently named in the New Zealand sec­ondary schools net­ball team to play South Africa and Aus­tralia next month.

‘‘It was my first time tri­alling, so I didn’t re­ally put big ex­pec­ta­tions on my­self – I was just ex­cited to get out there,’’ she said.

‘‘It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to get the call [that she’d made the squad].’’

Puleiata, who at­tends St Mary’s Col­lege, loves play­ing bas­ket­ball, vol­ley­ball and rugby, so her nonaca­demic timetable is full. Some dif­fi­cult choices had to be made, such as not play­ing bas­ket­ball.

Net­ball has de­vel­oped into an im­por­tant sport in her life, and she loves work­ing as a wing de­fence or cen­tre, say­ing be­ing ag­gres­sive on de­fence is fun.

She said it was a huge thrill to rep­re­sent her country.

‘‘I’m so happy be­cause my fam­ily and oth­ers have al­ways sup­ported me and I’m work­ing hard and pay­ing them back.

‘‘With sec­ondary schools I’m play­ing with new peo­ple and push­ing my­self. It’s a huge ex­pe­ri­ence for me.’’

Puleiata hoped to have a big win­ter with her school side.

‘‘We’re hop­ing to dom­i­nate this year in quite a few sports,’’ she said.

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