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Singapore-style netball on offer
Perfect game: Nga Tawa netball players Sophie Hall, 15, Danielle Pearce, 15, and Danielle Gray, 16, will jet to Singapore
tomorrow with coach Annette Pearce for the International Youth Sports Challenge.
Photo: LAURA WALTERS
By LAURA WALTERS
A group of young Nga Tawa
netballers will fly out for Singapore
tomorrow to take part in the Inter-
national Youth Sports Challenge.
The under-16 team was invited
back to the tournament held at
Singapore Sports School, after a
good performance at last year's
Nga Tawa Diocesan School direc-
tor of sport, and netball coach,
Annette Pearce said the girls were
lucky to be part of the invitation-
Pearce had worked alongside
Singapore Sports School's netball
coach Rawinia Robin Manihera in
New Zealand, which gave the Nga
Tawa team an in for last year's
It's all about who you know,''
The school was taking over 10
players, seven of whom went last
Mount Albert Grammar School
were sending the only other netball
team from New Zealand.
Pearce said the team would be
taking on national teams from
around the world, but she expected
them to perform well.
Last year the Nga Tawa team
came seventh out of 12 teams, and
just missed out on the play-off
This year's team was a mix of the
school's different A-teams.
While it was Singapore's rainy
season, and everyone had to be
poised for a thunderstorm, it was
also incredibly hot, Pearce said.
The team had been training every
day, and trying to prepare for the
They are training in thermals,''
she said. These girls haven't
stopped from the netball season.''
Pearce said the tournament was
such a different cultural experience
for the young Kiwi team.
It's not until you actually experi-
ence it that you realise.''
But she knew the girls would look
after each other, and act as good
ambassadors for their school and
That's a given,'' she said.
Pearce is also head coach at West-
ern Netball, but always put the Nga
Tawa netball teams first.
My first priority is to these girls.''
Defence player Danielle Gray said
the competition was stiff at last
year's tournament. And the differ-
ent playing styles of the other
countries could be off-putting,
especially the loud South African
It could be a bit intimidating to
But playing well against a
national team was a great feeling,
Although the team travelling to
Singapore did not play in the same
team during the netball season,
they all knew each other from school
and most of the girls boarded
together at Nga Tawa, the 16-year-
Mid-court player Sophie Hall, 15,
also went to last year's Youth Sports
We are looking to have quite a
Sophie said travelling to
Singapore was an eye-opening
experience, from the food to the
We are going to embrace the cul-
ture,'' she said.
Because most of the Nga Tawa
team went to last year's 10-day
tournament they had a better idea
of what to expect, and what clothes
to pack this time, Sophie said.
The girls had already handed
their coach a list of the places they
wanted to go this time round.
The players had been fundraising
for months to pay for their trip.
And they had put aside some
spending money to visit Singapore's
attractions, and do some shopping.
So far the zoo and the Singapore
Flyer were on the to-do list.
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