Southland's young players learn from their stars

23:52, May 12 2014
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ON THE RUN: Southern Steel netballer Phoenix Karaka, centre, works with the James Hargest 8 Gold mid court players on Saturday as part of the ANZ Netball Roadshow.

Some budding young Southland netballers got the rare experience to have the Southern Steel netball players warm up with them and watch them play on Saturday.

Keen netballers were put through their paces at the Invercargill Netball Centre on Saturday.

As part of the ANZ Netball Roadshow the James Hargest 8 Gold team won the chance to warm up with the Steel players Erena Mikaere, Rachel Rasmussen, Phoenix Karaka and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid.

The team of girls aged 12 to 13 were split into shooting, attack and defence to practise the skills required in their positions.

Defence player Kate Ryan, 12, said they were taught how to balance better and jump higher.

"I think the whole team really enjoyed it and everyone got a little bit of help for their part of the court."

A highlight was having the Steel players come and watch the start of their game, Kate said.

"They joined in our team huddle. It was cool and quite funny because usually it's us going to watch them play, but this time it was the Steel watching us."


The Southland Times