Net­ball new­bies score big

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

New Zealand has a new cham­pion mo­tor­cy­cle club. The Toko­roa-based South Waikato Mo­tor­cy­cle Club (SWMC) be­came the fourth club in five years to win the big an­nual Bat­tle of the Clubs mo­tocross. The fundraiser event will help send a Kiwi squad to the an­nual Mo­tocross of Na­tions, in Latvia in Septem­ber. The for­mat for Satur­day’s fundraiser mo­tocross in Taupo was very sim­i­lar to what the Team New Zealand trio can ex­pect when they line up in Latvia. Each con­tes­tant rode twice, with the two worst re­sults to be dis­carded so only 10 of the 12 re­sults were counted in the fi­nal tally. FVHS Sport Re­sults 28/6; FV Mixed Hockey 3 Taupo Nui 1; 1st XV Rugby 22 Otoro­hanga 29; U14 Rugby 32 Mata­mata 27; Se­nior Girls Foot­ball 7 Hamil­ton Girls 0; Ju­nior Boys Foot­ball 2 Thames Val­ley 8. Scores are not only found on the net­ball court for the Spar­tan New­bies.

The newly formed South Waikato team won $ 1000 worth of gear from ANZ.

The grant con­sisted of a new set of play­ing uni­forms, bibs, balls, in­fla­tion equip­ment and a gear bag.

A ma­jor up­grade from the seven- year old uni­forms, mis­matched bibs and a laun­dry bas­ket they car­ried their equip­ment in pre­vi­ously.

Coach Dawn Ashworth said the team was cre­ated af­ter a huge turnout to their ex­ist­ing team. ‘‘I play for the Spar­tan Masters and at our first train­ing of the year we had 19 ladies turn up want­ing to play and we def­i­nitely didn’t want to turn any­one away,’’ she said.

The Spar­tan name car­ried on but the re­sources did not go very far.

‘‘We’ve had to share gear be­tween the two teams, which re­quires a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tion,’’ she said.

A grow­ing in­ter­est in the club has al­ready led to plans of start­ing a new team.

‘‘We’ve al­ready had an­other full team in­ter­ested in join­ing next year and our goal is to wel­come more and more ladies who want to come back to net­ball,’’ she said.

ANZ as­sis­tant branch man­ager Rawiri Wiki said they were no­ticed for their ef­forts.

‘‘ We’re re­ally pleased to award the Spar­tan New­bies a uni­form grant.

‘‘This is the first year these ladies have been play­ing to­gether and they’ve been per­form­ing re­ally well, win­ning all their games bar one so far,’’ he said.

This year ANZ is award­ing net­ball grants worth $100,000.


Look­ing good: The Spar­tan New­bies can fi­nally step on to their court in their own uni­forms.

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