A series of firsts for Norfolk Island
A series of firsts for Norfolk Islands
The South Pacific Games marks a series of firsts for the Norfolk Island Netball Team. It is not only the first international tournament that the team has played since forming in November last year, but it is also the first visit to Samoa for each of the team members.
The team consists of players who were either born in the Norfolk Islands or have been a resident of the Islands for at least five years. The local tournament consists of five teams from which the best players were selected for the South Pacific Games representative team.
The Norfolk Islands team is highly diverse with the youngest member being Natasha Partridge at fifteen years of age. There are another four team members under the age of eighteen, two of whom are completing their final year school exams. Whilst these girls have had to balance study with training, the rest of the team have balanced full time work with their fitness regime.
Competing at the indoor stadium at Apia Park will be another first for the Norfolk Islanders. The team is accustomed to training on the two outdoor netball courts in their homeland against each other or male netball players.
At their training session on Friday evening at Apia Park, the team was in high spirits looking well polished and professional in their green and white uniforms. Team Manager, Karen Henderson says "the team is looking forward to playing at an international level and we are all hoping to finish just above the bottom."
To add to their series of firsts, the Norfolk Islanders will compete against Fiji in the opening round of the SPG netball tournament on Monday 27th August at 1pm.