Young Porirua fan meets net­ball roy­alty


‘‘My favourite part was get­ting a photo with the cap­tains, that was pretty cool.’’

A young Can­nons Creek net­baller was at the heart of the ac­tion at an ANZ Premier­ship game on May 24, as she stood side by side with Pulse cap­tain Ka­t­rina Grant and Steel cap­tain Wendy Frew in front of a sta­dium of fans.

Macy Pau’u, 10, along with Kapiti net­baller Amy Mitchell, 12, won the op­por­tu­nity to meet the team cap­tains and high five each of the play­ers as they were called on to cen­tre court at the start of the match, through the ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tains compe- tition.

Macy, who at­tends Pare­mata School and has been play­ing for five years at the Norths Net­ball Club, was ner­vous be­fore the game but ex­cited to meet her heroes and watch them play.

‘‘My favourite part was get- ting a photo with the cap­tains, that was pretty cool.

‘‘The play­ers were re­ally good at in­ter­cept­ing the ball and it was cool see­ing how much hard work they put in,’’ she said.

ANZ Head of Spon­sor­ship Susan McGre­gor said the bank was giv­ing 94 chil­dren from around New Zealand the chance to meet their sport­ing heroes at each of the premier­ship games this sea­son.

She hoped it would in­spire them to achieve their dreams.

The match saw the Steel beat the Pulse 80-44.

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