There’s something about waiting out the back of Horncastle Arena with your team mates, then walking out on court to people screaming ‘Go Tactix’ that gives me goose bumps. It makes me nervous, gives me a rush of adrenaline, and makes me so bubbly with excitement all at the same time.
Knowing that you’re one of the Tactix they’re screaming for is surreal.
Maybe it’s because it wasn’t so long ago, I was one of those aspiring young girls in the crowd watching them walk out and cheering for my team.
As far back as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a Tactix. Some nights I would even go to sleep dreaming of playing for the Tactix’s, so to be able to do that for a full season for the first time I think is really special.
It’s only December, but I can’t wait for that feeling again when this next season gets underway in February.
Being part of the main squad for the first time this season will also help me plan a little better too.
I came in half way through last season to train with the girls, however, I never really expected to get the call up to play in the ANZ Premiership. Having been injured the year before, my focus had really been to just get out there and play in the Beko league and get some game time under my belt. So, when the call came, I was juggling study and the opportunity to play and travel with the team. I wouldn’t change that for the world, but this year, I think things will be a little easier to organise, especially around my assignments.
Going to university and studying is really important to me too, I’m yet to decide what type of Law I want to focus on, but at the moment I’m doing a double degree in Law and Psychology.
I’m going to cut back on a paper or two this coming semester, but given this season starts and finishes earlier than normal, I will go back to full time study next semester.
Having Julie Seymour as part of the Coaching staff here at the Tactix is also extremely helpful too. Growing up she’s been my coach quite a few times. She’s coached me at St Margaret’s as well as New Zealand Secondary Schools. And she and Marianne have a real passion for this team and the region and that makes me excited to play for them too.
I was shell shocked.
Here I was playing alongside girls and training with girls that I’d looked up to, then playing against some of the Silver Ferns, and other girls you’d seen on TV in the past. That was unreal.
I came on in the second half against the Auckland Stars and here I was, marking Grace Kara. I honestly can’t remember much of the game itself. Once I stepped out on the court, I forgot the crowd, the lights and the cameras and tried to absorb the energy on court. It went by so fast I could barely keep up. It was amazing though, and to have my parents there watching as well is something I will never forget.
Mum was a handy netballer in her day and is so passionate about it, so making my debut was pretty cool for her. Dad is just as supportive. He doesn’t know too much about the game itself, but he is still there for me every step of the way. Knowing they are so proud makes all the hard work worthwhile.