Waitakere shoot for the stars

Western Leader - - SPORT - JACKSON THOMAS

It’s an ex­cit­ing time for net­ball in New Zealand and five lo­cal play­ers are al­ready see­ing the ben­e­fits of change.

Sonya Ngau, Elle Temu, Paxton Maligi, Filda Vui, Kristina Tipene and Jurnee Moore have been se­lected in the North­ern Marvels and North­ern Comets Beko Net­ball League sides for the up­com­ing do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion.

The girls, all of whom play their club net­ball for Waitakere, will join their re­spec­tive teams next week to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for round one.

Net­ball Waitakere gen­eral man­ager Karyne Ross said the club are proud of the girl’s suc­cess, and hopes other play­ers can be in­spired by their jour­ney.

‘‘It’s great to see our home grown girls suc­ceed­ing at this level – prov­ing that our cen­tre’s path­ways and coaches are ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing elite tal­ent,’’ she said.

This year, Net­ball Waitakere started a 8-10 week pro­gramme which the girls at­tend twice a week.

They worked with a pro­fes­sional strength and con­di­tion­ing coach as well as at­tended ses­sions on men­tal strength and nutri­tion.

‘‘A lot of young play­ers feel they need to go to the ‘right’ school, or play in the big com­pe­ti­tions but these girls are proof that our lo­cal de­vel­op­ment sys­tem is work­ing.’’

The Beko League was formed in 2016 to pro­vide a path­way be­tween club and the semipro­fes­sional ranks.

The first match is on March 25.

Net­ball Waitakere’s Sonya Ngau, Elle Temu, Paxton Maligi, Filda Vui, Kristina Tipene and Jurnee Moore.

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