While Minogue Park and other courts around Waikato are packed with young netball players every weekend, there also a strong contingent of adult netballers who enjoy the sport all year round at various indoor and outdoor venues.
Whether you’re keen to play socially or are ultra-competitive, the various leagues on in Waikato are the perfect way to get involved in this fun team sport. Lauren Taylor catches up with Te Ranga Ngaku Incorporated, recent winners of the UniRec Centre Social Sport Netball league.
What would you say was the key to your success in this league?
They key to our success was being a relatively close unit. We are all part of Te Ranga Ngaku Incorporated, which is a Maori support service for all management students at the UOW.
Everyone in the team knew each other so we are basically family. We also had good numbers each week and our players had all played some type of netball before which definitely helped.
Who makes up your team?
The team members consisted of anyone who was apart of Te Ranga Ngaku (TRN). The MVP went to Michael Gage. Michael was co-captain with myself (Jackson, Sports co-ordinator for TRN) and could play any position on the court and communicated well.
Michael lead from the front and never had a bad game and at times gave TRN the upper hand.
What do you enjoy most about playing in the UniRec Social Sport netball league?
The team enjoyed the competitiveness even though it was a social league. Teams still turned up to play and also the variety of teams playing was a bonus. Also how fun it was. Always laughter among teams and refs.
What would you say to people who may be keen to sign up but haven’t quite got there yet?
Just sign up and do it. It is so much fun, fast paced and enjoyable that it makes you want to play more!
What benefits do you think playing in a social netball league can provide?
The physical side. You get a run around so you do become somewhat fit as it’s rather explosive fast paced game that only lasts 30 mins.
Mentally we thought sportsmanship because of the social side.
Are you guys honing your skills on a daily basis, or just turning up to play?
Some played netball weekly for club and rep teams but other than them, we basically turned up as TRN and just played our brand of netball, which was fast, physical and competitive.
Do you have any tips you can give other teams/players wanting to get better/remain injury free when playing social netball?
Commit to it, enjoy it but most importantly have fun. The more you play the better you get and likely you will become injury free.