Stevens a shoot­ing star

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATT RICHENS

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.

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