Fiji netball game tick­ets sold out

South Waikato News - - SPORTS / TE PAPA HA¯KINAKINA - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Netball fan Heather Wil­liamson will have a hint of nostal­gia at next month’s Fiji ver­sus Magic game held in Toko­roa.

The South Waikato Events Cen­tre game, planned for Fe­bru­ary 21, will host a crowd of more than 250 fans.

How­ever, it’s not the first time a Fiji netball team has played in the South Waikato.

It was 44 years ago when Wil­liamson was on the court, play­ing goal­keeper against the is­land na­tion.

In fact she still has the 1970, yel­low- stained news­pa­per con­tain­ing an ar­ti­cle about that same first in­ter­na­tional game hosted in Pu­taruru.

The Glen­shea Park Courts game was de­scribed as ‘‘sparkling’’ with a win­ning re­sult of 42-29, played to a crowd of hun­dreds.

Lead­ing up to the in­ter­na­tional en­counter, there was no telling what would hap­pen, Wil­liamson said.

‘‘ The ex­pec­ta­tions were un­known, play­ing against any in­ter­na­tional team would be dif­fi­cult.’’

But their win­ning streak within the re­gion meant they were full of con­fi­dence.

‘‘We were very suc­cess­ful and we would go to the na­tion­als.’’

The long­stand­ing South Waikato netball player can still vi­su­alise the whole process.

‘‘It was up to us to sweep the court, I can re­mem­ber it quite vividly but that’s what you did.’’

She said the team would even have to paint the lines on the court.

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has al­ready been put in place, Sports and Events Cen­tre man­ager Heather Gaby said.

Though ex­tra bleach­ers will be brought in, the cen­tre is de­signed to host na­tional games, she said.

Hype for the game has re­flected in ticket sales with another sell­out crowd.

Gaby said all 260 seats will be filled with fans.

GAME DAY: Heather Wil­liamson played against Fiji 44 years ago in Pu­taruru and this time she will be on the side­lines to watch them play the Kia Magic team in Toko­roa.

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