Shot of a life­time

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Two young net­ball fans were at the heart of the thrilling on-court ac­tion, fly­ing the flags of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and Cen­tral Pulse in a game that saw the Magic emerge win­ners in a close 53-49 vic­tory.

Alana Sankey, 11, and Alexan­dra Gothorp, 12, who both won the op­por­tu­nity in the ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tains com­pe­ti­tion, met cap­tains Laura Lang­man and Ka­t­rina Grant be­fore join­ing the two teams on court for the open­ing of the game.

Alana, a stu­dent at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School, said she felt a mix­ture of nerves and ex­cite­ment be­fore walk­ing out on court.

‘‘It was a bit scary wait­ing in the stands be­fore the car­ry­ing the flag but it ended up be­ing re­ally fun.

‘‘I got heaps of texts from friends who saw me on TV.

‘‘Iit was pretty un­real ac­tu­ally see­ing the Magic up close – they’re re­ally tall.’’

Head of spon­sor­ship at ANZ Su­san McGre­gor said it was a once-in-al­ife­time ex­pe­ri­ence for the fans.

‘‘We’re giv­ing 62 kids from around the coun­try the ex­pe­ri­ence to be­come an ANZ Fu­ture Cap­tain.

‘‘ It’s a thrilling op­por­tu­nity for young net­ballers to meet their heroes and be part of the ANZ Cham­pi­onship, a tour­na­ment they may even com­pete in in the fu­ture.’’

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