Mystics train at Whangaparaoa

It’s not every day that a college netball team gets some personal instruction from Northern Mystics players – including two Silver Ferns.

So excitement was high at Whangaparaoa College gym last week when members of the school’s Year 9/1 and Year 10 Prem team were taken through some drills by Silver Ferns shooter Bailey Mes, defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson and Northern Mystics midcourt player Samon (Mon) Nathan.

The opportunity came about because the Mystics have been using the school’s facilities for training.

The college’s director of sport, Joe Duffett, says the Mystics, which includes ex-pupil Michaela, approached the school earlier this year, looking for a training venue.

They have since used the college’s gym and fitness suite twice, and offered to take a team through some drills before the most recent training, on June 25.

Joe says that the school aims to build this relationship and hopes to host the Mystics for regular trainings in the coming seasons.

“It is amazing to see these professional athletes train, and gives our students an idea of the intensity and precision required to play sport at an elite level,” Joe says.