Cheerleaders ready for kickoff at Chiefs home game
Cheerleaders training hard for Saturday's game
The Chiefs aren't the only ones who've been training hard for Saturday's big Super Rugby home game against the Highlanders.
The Bank Cheerleaders have been practising their new halftime routines for weeks, and this weekend will be the 2014 squad's first performance.
The 18-strong squad will show off new outfits this season - smart, sporty long-sleeved dresses, in black, red and yellow.
The squad last night got their first chance to take to Waikato Stadium's No 1 pitch. There are six new faces, including Natalie Sangster, 25, who has returned to the squad after a two-year break.
"I missed dancing and the group of girls - it's a great thing to do on the weekend," she said.
Chloe Paterson, 20, was in last year's team, but said there would still be plenty of nerves before the game on Saturday. "When you're in dancing in a normal show, on stage, you can't see because it's so dark; when you get out here you can see and hear everybody."
Kirsty Kraakman, 20, who is studying towards a bachelor of science at the University of Waikato, said: "The adrenaline is crazy. The noise is what gets me - people get so excited and enthusiastic."
The Chiefs had yesterday sold 7500 tickets for Saturday night's match, including a record 4500 season memberships.
Marketing manager Vanessa Parker said the season ticket sales were about 1000 up on last season and were still selling, while sales of individual tickets for the match usually did not start ramping up until later in the week.
Cheerleaders 2014 squad: Chane Botha, Jade Carey, Nardine Drent, Abby Dutton, Hannah Farrant, Libby Fisher, Kirsty Kraakman, Quin Leong, Casey McAskie, Nikki McAskie, Hannah Meredith, Courtney Newdick, Leah Parkinson, Chloe Paterson, Estelle Poole, Karina Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Natalie Sangster.
- Waikato Times
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