Waitakere shoot for the stars
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.
Emiliano Tade scored Auckland’s only goal of the match.
Dylan Manickum goes in on Emiliano Tade. United’s defence was a highlight of their play on Sunday.