A Sea­hawks sur­prise


The Sea­hawks net­ball squad re­ceived recog­ni­tion from some un­likely fans on Fri­day evening.

The Sil­verdale squad made na­tional news last week af­ter its club prize­giv­ing left the 12 and 13 year old girls feel­ing se­cond best to Sea­hawks rugby teams.

Hav­ing since with­drawn the team from the club, the girls have en­joyed an up­lift­ing sur­prise, re­ceiv­ing 20 Con­stel­la­tion Cup tick­ets at the Kaipara Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion prize­giv­ing, cour­tesy of MYOB and Net­ball NZ.

Coach Katie Sylvester said it’s nice to see the girls recog­nised for their year of hard work.

‘‘As a coach, I’ve al­ways wanted the girls to aim for the top and never give up,’’ she said.

‘‘Be­ing ac­knowl­edged in this way is ab­so­lutely awe­some. Hope­fully it gives them the con­fi­dence and the proof they need to keep go­ing in what they are good at, and re­alise they are amaz­ing sportswomen.’’

Sylvester said the team has had an ex­cep­tional year, putting their bod­ies on the line, play­ing through sick­ness and in­jury, and some­times play­ing net­ball five to six nights a week in their var­i­ous teams and train­ings.

Hav­ing never been to a live Sil­ver Ferns Game, Sylvesters is ‘‘over the moon’’ with the tick­ets, and said there are enough to in­clude the whole team and a few hard work­ing par­ents.

MYOB spokesman Conor Roberts said the com­pany re­cently came on board to sup­port net­ball and the Sil­ver Ferns.

‘‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant we sup­port and value fe­male sport in New Zealand,’’ he said.

‘‘We hope the Sea­hawks en­joy watch­ing the Sil­ver Ferns take on the Aussies.’’

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