Galvan likely to fill one of Tactix gaps

BY GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 17/09/2010
HIGH FLYER: Anna Galvan, of the Canterbury Tactix, blocks Irene van Dyk, with ball, of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in May.
CHRIS HILLOCK/The Press
HIGH FLYER: Anna Galvan, of the Canterbury Tactix, blocks Irene van Dyk, with ball, of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in May.

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Defender Anna Galvan looks likely to secure one of the three remaining available Tactix contracts in the trans-Tasman netball championship.

The Tactix named nine of their 12-strong squad this week, but because of complications caused by the earthquake in Canterbury have been given more time to finalise their last recruits.

All the other squads were released yesterday, indicating which players were left without contracts.

Galvan is one of those and she contributed to the Tactix cause last season, although she was one of several whose season was interrupted by injury.

After the signing of Jamaican defender Kasey Evering there still appears scope for another experienced player with the young Jo Trip and Charlotte Kight the other two defenders named.

A late defection from consideration is midcourter Hayley Crofts who two days ago underwent surgery to repair an Achilles tendon injury.

Crofts, who hails from Southland, was signed by Canterbury last season and coach Helen Mahon-Stroud said they intended contracting her again after she performed capably when called on last season after injuries ravaged the side.

"She was managing the injury and still playing for Canterbury in the NPC, but the chance came up to have the operation this week. It will put her out for about six months."

Mahon-Stroud said Crofts would still be included with a group as a train-on player as she recovered and rehabilitated.

That may have opened up another mid-court vacancy especially with Chelsea Pitman not returning.

Another player who the Tactix had looked to sign was 17-year-old Christchurch schoolgirl shooter Sophia Fenwick, who is in the province's NPC squad.

Fenwick was also sought by the Southern Steel and decided her best option was to head south next season and join Robyn Broughton's bunch who have Daneka Wipiiti and Paula Griffin as their frontline shooters.

"We had hoped to sign Sophia as you always like to hang onto and bring on your born and bred Cantabrians. But she is an exciting young player who also had an approach from another franchise."

Another Canterbury player on the move is defender Victoria Smith who has signed for the Pulse and is returning to Wellington where she began her career initially with the Capital Shakers.

"Going back to Wellington is not a major upheaval for her as she is very familiar with the set up," said Mahon-Stroud.

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Meanwhile, Mahon-Stroud was more than happy with the choice of Evering as the team's import player despite a lack of recent top level match-play following knee surgery.

Although not the tallest goal keep around, Mahon-Stroud said the scouting reports on the 1.85m Evering were good.

"Jill McIntosh [former Australian coach] spent six weeks coaching Jamaica and spoke well of her." Mahon-Stroud said she expected Evering to bring aggression and typical Caribbean aerial athleticism as a specialist goal keep.

She said the franchise had tried to secure Silver Ferns defender Anna Scarlett, but she preferred to remain in Auckland.

THE SQUAD

Maree Bowden, Kasey Evering, Phillipa Finch, Ellen Halpenny, Charlotte Kight, Finau Pulu, Anna Thompson, Jo Trip, Donna Wilkins. Three to be named.

- The Press

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