Leader, not a follower

NZ Herald: You’ll notice Anisha Venter on the netball court. She’ll be one of the fittest, wearing the C, WD or even WA bibs, driving through midcourt at speed, pulling off intercepts with her anticipation and linking with the circle at either end. The 17-year-old year 13 Long Bay College student is on the radar of netball scouts and was named in the tournament team – the sole Harbour player to be recognised – after the recent Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) event. Venter is the captain of the…

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Allrounder making stick shift

NZ Herald: Kristin School first XI hockey star Henry Will also juggled club hockey and a season of first XV rugby with his school commitments. Kristin first XI boys’ hockey team’s fine 2016 season cannot be attributed to just one player, but it is fair to say captain Henry Will was a key cog in their rise. The 17-year-old year 13 striker scored more than 50 goals from open play and penalty corner drag flicks in leading his side to both the SuperCity final and decider of the recent Mayhill…

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Lose taking rugby by Storm

NZ Herald: Mangere College’s Lose Mafi is rapidly making a name in women’s rugby. Funny what can spring from chance meetings. Two years ago, Mangere College student Lose Mafi watched on at the school’s sports awards as Black Ferns captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili addressed all the promising young sports stars. Now the 17-year-old year 13 student is playing senior rep rugby for the Auckland Storm in the Farah Palmer Cup alongside Fa’amausili, one of the most durable and respected figures in the women’s game. The two are also clubmates at Marist.…

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