Kapi Mana net­ball cel­e­brates its 60th

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - JARED NI­COLL

The Kapi-Mana Net­ball Cen­tre cel­e­brated its 60th an­niver­sary in style on Thurs­day night.

At­ten­dees in­cluded Net­ball New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jen­nie Wyl­lie, Net­ball Cen­tral Zone CEO Carolyn Young, and Porirua City Coun­cil Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford.

Most of the 50-strong crowd then went to watch the Sil­ver Ferns beat the Eng­land Roses 62-55 at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

Kapi-Mana Net­ball Cen­tre de­vel­op­ment man­ager Cathy Roa said ‘‘ev­ery­one was very ex­cited’’ about the win, af­ter catch­ing up with old friends.

‘‘There were peo­ple there that haven’t seen each other for quite a long time, and the old ones that were there in the be­gin­ning, they’re in their 80s now, and they don’t get to see each other of­ten.

‘‘They were cer­tainly get­ting around and laugh­ing with things [from the old days].’’

The Kapi-Mana Net­ball Cen­tre can boast three Sil­ver Ferns who started their net­ball at the cen­tre: Sharon Bur­ridge, Leilani Read and Whit­ney Souness.

De­bra McKay, Hiria Tareha, Alice Sim­monds (front), and Dei­dre Watson at the func­tion. Right, Sil­ver Fern Bai­ley Mes hangs on to a pass at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

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