Bay net­baller's Sil­ver Fern de­but

Sil­ver Fern's de­but and na­tional schools role dou­ble whammy

Hawke's Bay Today - - Front Page - Shane Hurn­dell

Watch­ing Hawke’s Bay net­baller Kimiora Poi make her Sil­ver Ferns de­but was part of a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion for the Bay’s Charissa Barham yes­ter­day. Min­utes af­ter watch­ing live tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of cen­tre Poi play­ing for the Sil­ver Ferns in their 54-41 loss to the Eng­land Roses in their North­ern Net­ball Quad Se­ries opener in Liver­pool Barham, Poi’s for­mer Hawke’s Bay un­der-19 team and Napier Girls’ High School team coach was able to an­nounce her head coach ap­point­ment with the New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools team. “Kimi got on to­wards the end of the se­cond quar­ter and played all of the third quar­ter. She didn’t look out of place,” Barham said. She was among more than 20 Hawke’s Bay Net­ball staff and sup­port­ers who gath­ered at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park in Hast­ings base to watch the match. Barham be­lieved the Sil­ver Ferns let the match slip in the se­cond half. “The en­tire team let the mo­men­tum swing Eng­land’s way. But a pos­i­tive was the fact 11 of the Ferns’ 12 play­ers got on court.” Eng­land led 13-12 af­ter the first quar­ter and 25-24 at half­time. The Sil­ver Ferns trailed 40-30 af­ter the third quar­ter of their fourth con­sec­u­tive loss. While the Ki­wis staged a mini re­vival in the fi­nal quar­ter this was short-lived when de­fender Karin Burger was stood down for two min­utes af­ter in­fring­ing for a se­cond time fol­low­ing a warn­ing. In the Sil­ver Ferns’ shoot­ing cir­cle Maria Fo­lau sank 29 of her 32 at­tempts for a 90 per cent suc­cess rate while Ameliaranne Eke­na­sio had a 93 per cent suc­cess rate with 12 from 13. The hosts dom­i­nated the pos­ses­sion stakes and Jo Harten was the best of the Roses shoot­ers with 27 from 32 for an 84 per cent suc­cess rate. One of the high­lights for Barham was re­ceiv­ing a video from Poi’s par­ents, Bill and Roanne, who trav­elled to Liver­pool to be among the spec­ta­tors, shortly af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle. Their daugh­ter, who has been likened to for­mer Sil­ver Fern Te­mepara Ge­orge, was a mem­ber of the New Zealand team un­der-21 team which won their World Cup in 2017. If she can con­tinue to im­press dur­ing the re­main­der of the Quad Se­ries, which will see the Sil­ver Ferns take on Aus­tralia from 5.30am on Sun­day (NZT) she could be play­ing for the Sil­ver Ferns at the July World Cup in Bri­tain. The wife of for­mer Hawke’s Bay Mag­pies rugby team mid­field back, Andy Barham, and a mother of three, Barham, 43, has the op­por­tu­nity to coach the New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools team for two years. “It’s a one-and-one deal. If I nail the first year I will get the se­cond. This is the high­light of my coach­ing ca­reer and this has been a goal of mine for a while. I love this age group,” Barham ex­plained. She is the only mem­ber of the man­age­ment team who has re­turned from the pre­vi­ous two years’ regime. Last year the na­tional team won their se­ries against their Eng­land and Aussie coun­ter­parts and in 2017 they beat the Aussies. “I was re­ally ner­vous be­fore my in­ter­view. While, in my eyes, it was a case of now or never you just don’t know how they are think­ing,” Barham said, re­fer­ring to Net­ball New Zealand staff. She be­lieved the job will fit in well with the new na­tional youth de­vel­op­ment man­ager role she has with the na­tional body. A 50-strong New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools train­ing squad will have a camp in Auck­land from Thurs­day un­til Mon­day. Ver­sa­tile Hast­ings Girls’ High School player Liana Mikaele-Tu’u is the only Bay player in the squad and is chas­ing one of the shoot­ing cir­cle berths. Barham is aware Mikaele-Tu’u has been shin­ing on the sevens rugby scene dur­ing the sum­mer and be­lieved the time has al­most come when she will have to de­cide which of the two codes will be her No 1. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if she makes the same choice as Kimiora Poi. Have­lock North-born and raised, Barham has coached Have­lock North High School, Wood­ford House and NGHS teams in the past. She has also coached Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay NPC teams and the Cen­tral un­der-23 side. Hawke’s Bay Net­ball’s op­er­a­tions man­ager, Tina Ar­lidge, said it was a great feel­ing as she watched Poi take the court. “That’s our ul­ti­mate goal to have a Hawke’s Bay-based Sil­ver Fern and her de­but came a lot ear­lier than we thought it would be. Ob­vi­ously her suc­cess in the Fast 5 en­vi­ron­ment helped. We all had big smiles on our faces be­cause we could have all turned up here to watch and she could not have got on the court.” She re­called how basketball was Poi’s No 1 sport in 2013. “The fol­low­ing year she made net­ball her No 1 sport af­ter con­sid­er­ing the path­way we could pro­vide.” Ar­lidge was equally as de­lighted with Barham’s ap­point­ment. “That’s a great re­sult for the Bay and our first na­tional team head coach ap­point­ment in the modern era,” she added.

Main photo / Paul Tay­lor Hawke’s Bay’s new New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools net­ball team’s head coach, Charissa Barham (seated se­cond from right), and Hawke’s Bay Net­ball staff and sup­port­ers watch tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of Kimiora Poi’s Sil­ver Ferns de­but yes­ter­day. IN­SET: Kimiora Poi with par­ents Roanne and Bill af­ter her de­but.

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