Youngsters thrilled to meet players

22:38, May 28 2014
pippa clarke, naomi bridger
TAG TEAM: Steel captain Jodi Brown, from left, with Future Captains Pippa Clarke and Naomi Bridger, and Tactix captain Anna Thompson, before the netball match between the Tactix and the Steel at Edgar Centre in Dunedin on Sunday. The Steel beat the Tactix 64-60.

Two aspiring young netballers got the chance to meet some of their favourite players when they took to the court to fly the flags for the Southern Steel and Mainland Tactix teams.

Pippa Clarke, 10, and Naomi Bridger, 10, won the opportunity through the ANZ Future Captains competition to meet Steel captain Jodi Brown and Tactix captain Anna Thompson before joining the two teams on court for the opening of the game at the Edgar Centre on Sunday.

Pippa, who attends St Mary's School in Milton, was excited to meet Jodi Brown.

"I said to Mum that I don't want to wash my hand ever again. Since then I have washed my hands but not where she touched me."

Pippa has played netball for five years and loves shooting.

The best part of the night was watching the Steel beat the Tactix, she said.


"I always thought they were going to win and it was really cool when they did."

Naomi, who attends Palmerston Primary School, was happy carrying the Tactix flag out on court.

"I got to meet most of the Steel team which was quite cool. My favourite player is Jhaniele Fowler-Reid and I was nervous meeting her, she's really tall."

ANZ head of sponsorship Susan McGregor said many young netballers dreamed of playing in the elite trans-Tasman tournament and being a future captain gave them a taste of what it was like to be in the spotlight.

Sixty-six children would get a chance to be a future captain this season, she said.

"Winners get the opportunity to rub shoulders with the world's top netball players, which is a once in a lifetime experience."

The Southland Times