Stevens a shooting star
Alix Stevens thinks her youth and relative inexperience played in her favour in Sunday’s crucial national provincial netball game.
The 19-year-old goal shoot from Tokoroa was the star of the show for Trust Waikato as they beat rivals Bay of Plenty 50-47 in Te Awamutu to go to the top of the Lion Foundation Championship’s second division.
With 10 players with ANZ Championship experience in the two sides, a relatively short 19-year-old in just her second provincial game wasn’t meant to steal the show but Stevens shot brilliantly all game.
She was doing so well Magic stalwart and Bay of Plenty defender Jodi Tod was even trying to put her off with the odd word in her ear.
‘‘Yeah, she said a bit, I just tried to keep talking to ( teammate) Jessie (Waitapu) when it was happening,’’ Stevens said.
She said despite the importance of the game, her nerves weren’t what they had been when she made her debut a fortnight ago.
‘‘I was really nervous that game. But this time I was more excited. The coach and everyone had faith in me and believed in me so I knew I could do it.
‘‘I think it’s quite good that I’ve just come out of school, I don’t know them and I’ve never seen them so I just went out and worried about me and my game.’’
Stevens did not miss a shot in the first half and missed just four in the second to net 22 goals from 26 attempts.
‘‘We knew we had to all play well because we were underdogs and I’m thrilled with how I played.’’
SHARP SHOOTER: Tokoroa’s Alix Stevens was a star for Waikato against Bay of Plenty on Sunday.