The event coincided with NZ national children’s day.
The junior netball season starts in Wellsford on May 9.
Young netball players in Wellsford were joined by Northern Mystics players Emma Iverson and Grace Nweke for a training session at the Netball Rodney Centre in Centennial Park last week.
Sixty-two children turned out to run through drills and learn technique from the star players from the Northland and Auckland representative team.
“It’s great to see so much talent. Soon there will be Wellsford players coming down to rival our positions,” Iverson said.
Centre vice president Lynette Gubb had organised for Iverson and Nweke to come for the annual Centennial Park children’s day before that was cancelled.
“We decided to host them for a Rodney netball festival, to get the kids thinking about netball ahead of the season starting on May 8,” Gubb said.
She said the Mystics’ star appeal even helped to draw some boys out to try their hand at netball.
The day was a helpful boost in numbers for Wellsford Netball club, which held its annual muster immediately afterwards.
There were spot prizes for the children from Farmlands Wellsford, the Warehouse and National Children’s Day.
The Northern Mystics will next play Canterbury’s Good Oil Tactix at the Eventfinda Stadium in Wairau Valley on Sunday, March 22.