Stevens now has NPC in her sights
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.