Ath­lete brings home bronze

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By NI­COLA STEWART

Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent Anilise Fitzi helped her team to a bronze medal at the Shakey’s Girls Vol­ley­ball Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in the Philip­pines.

It was the first time the New Zealand women’s un­der 19 team has ever gained a plac­ing at an Asian tour­na­ment.

Fitzi said they had to fight for the sec­ond run­ner-up spot and were pretty happy with the re­sult.

‘‘When we first started play­ing, we didn’t think the teams were that good but at the end we had to work pretty hard.’’

The team was up against re­gional teams from the Philip­pines, as well as one from Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia.

They won three out of four pool games, be­fore be­ing knocked out in their semi­fi­nal by Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion ( Manila) – the even­tual win­ners.

They then played off for third place and won.

The tour­na­ment was held in Manila, where Fitzi said the af­ter­math of Typhoon Haiyan was strongly ev­i­dent.

‘‘We could see how hurt they were from it. There were lots of peo­ple liv­ing on the streets.’’

Fitzi hopes to be one of 12 play­ers se­lected from the un­der 19 squad to travel to Tai­wan in July for the Asian Champs.

She will also com­pete with the Mata­mata Col­lege se­nior A team at the New Zealand Sec­ondary School Na­tion­als later this year.



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