Captain ready for season to start


Steel to face Mystics
IN just over a week, the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel will launch its quest for the 2016 ANZ Champion› ship title.
The team’s first assignment is against the Mystics in Auckland next Friday.
‘‘There definitely comes a point during pre›season training when you just want the competition to start and I think we are all at that mark now. We can’t wait to get out on court and show the hard work we’ve been putting in,’’ captain Wendy Frew said.
A pre›season shootout in Auck› land at the weekend gave the team a solid taste of what’s to come, with games against the Mystics, Magic and Thunderbirds.
Frew rated the tournament as beneficial.
‘‘It was huge… It was great to play the other teams and see where we need to go from here in the short time we’ve got left.’’
While the Steel’s scorecard fea› tured only one win, results were not a priority as the team focused on putting potential combinations through their paces, she said.
In shortened 30 minute games on Saturday the Steel went down 23›32 against the Northern Mystics and lost both encounters against the Adelaide Thunderbirds, 23›28 and 22›26.
In their only full length encoun› ter, the southerners dominated the Waikato›Bay of Plenty Magic 68›46.
Coach Noeline Taurua took the opportunity to experiment with a raft of changes throughout the game.
In the ANZ Championship, the Steel will play seven home games — five in Invercargill and two in Dunedin. VIP memberships and casual tickets on sale now at ILT Stadium or go to www.ticket Nike SneakersAutres