Fans stand centre court with netball royalty at ANZ Premiership

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Enjoying a moment together before Wednesday’s ANZ premiership game in Invercargill are (from left) Wendy Frew of the Steel, ANZ Future Captains Libby Crawford aged 10 and Alex Black aged 10 and Katrina Grant of the Pulse. Photo: Adam Binns / www.Photosport.nz

Two young netballers were at the heart of the action at yesterday’s ANZ Premiership match, as they stood side by side with Steel captain Wendy Frew and Pulse captain Katrina Grant in front of a stadium of fans.

Alex Black and Libby Crawford (both 10), won the opportunity to meet the team captains and high five each of the players as they were called onto centre court at the start of the match, through the ANZ Future Captains competition.

Alex, who attends St Theresa’s School and said he was a “massive netball fan”, was nervous before the game but excited to meet his heroes and watch them play.

“My favourite part was walking onto the court and meeting the captains. I thought the players were really good at shooting and passing the ball, it was cool to see some determined players carrying on even though they were injured like Wendy Frew, who is my favourite player.”

Waihopai School student Libby started playing netball at the beginning of the year and likes playing centre.

“My favourite part was high fiving the players and I thought the players were really good at defence. I hope to become a Silver Fern when I get older and it was exciting to see the professional teams play.”

ANZ Head of Sponsorship Susan McGregor said ANZ was passionate about supporting netball at every level, from the elite to the grassroots.

“That’s why we’re giving 94 children from around New Zealand the chance to meet their sporting heroes at each of the ANZ Premiership matches this season.

“We’re very pleased we’re able to offer this amazing opportunity to young Kiwis and hope that by offering them the chance to stand on centre court with their heroes it will help inspire them to achieve their dreams,” Ms McGregor said.

The match saw the Steel beat the Pulse (69-53).

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