Stevens now has NPC in her sights

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Alix Stevens has fin­ished her time in age group net­ball rep sides in style.

The Toko­roa WA was a mem­ber of the win­ning Waikato un­der-23 side that played off in the fi­nal against South.

Next up Stevens will fo­cus her en­ergy on NPC level which she has been reach­ing for the past four years.

Stevens has rep­re­sented the Waikato in net­ball ev­ery year since 2008 ex­cept for last year when she sat her fi­nal ex­ams at Win­tec for her De­gree in Sport and Ex­er­cise Sci­ence.

In that time she has com­peted at un­der-17, un­der-19, un­der-21 and un­der-23 lev­els.

She felt hon­oured to be cho­sen by the play­ers to vice cap­tain this year’s win­ning side.

The team boasted six ANZ Magic play­ers in­clud­ing Jo Trip, Kather­ine Cof­fin, Brooke Lever, Malia Paseka, Samantha Sin­clair and Jamie-Lee Price who were all aim­ing to make the most of the op­por­tu­nity this tour­na­ment gave them to im­press ANZ se­lec­tors again.

The un­der-23 com­pe­ti­tion has only been go­ing since 2013 and re­places the for­mer un­der- 21 com­pe­ti­tion so that play­ers have a fur­ther two years to con­tinue to de­velop to­wards ANZ or higher rep­re­sen­ta­tive honours.

With so many cur­rent Magic play­ers in the WBOP un­der- 23 side it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask to make the court and al­though Alix didn’t play in the fi­nal game she played in ev­ery other game through­out the week of com­pe­ti­tion, play­ing at WA.

WBOP won the in­au­gu­ral un­der- 23 com­pe­ti­tion last year de­feat­ing arch ri­vals South by one goal and beat them again this year to de­fend the ti­tle.

This year new rules were tri­alled with the un­der-19s and un­der­23s where two points could be scored for a goal shot from an outer ring in the cir­cle!

Amongst win­ners: Tal­ented net­ballers Alix Stevens was among the win­ning Waikato Un­der-23 side.

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