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Auckland Tonga Adapt

  Adapting to the humid weather will be the biggest challenge for the Auckland Tonga team ahead of the Digicel/Punjas International Netball Schools Challenge which starts tomorrow at the Vodafone
15 May 2017 11:00
Auckland Tonga Adapt
Auckland Tongan Under-19 side at the Suva Motor Inn on May 14, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

 

Adapting to the humid weather will be the biggest challenge for the Auckland Tonga team ahead of the Digicel/Punjas International Netball Schools Challenge which starts tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena.

Auckland Tonga Netball chairperson Kristina Sofele said the humidity and being away from their parents is affecting the players.

“We are doing really well as a team, it is good to have settled in and get accustomed to the weather because it’s very different for us,” Sofele said.

“It is so humid here and the girls are not used to it. They are tired, their energy levels really dropped and having to be in very humid conditions is not helping.

“We are just trying to keep them hydrated and drinking good water.

“All the girls are new to playing tournaments overseas and we are very happy to have a number of young players among experienced ones.

“It has been a big learning curve for them being away from home.

“Not having their parents here is starting to get to them. Given that it is mother’s day, the girls are really missing their parents and we have had to make sure that we send a photo with all the girls in it so that their family that their daughters are and well.”

Sofele said the netball tournament is a good way to bring the team together and get the girls serious about playing netball.

“We want to stay connected, given that the whole entire team is representing eight schools in Auckland,” she said.

“They are really overwhelmed about the tournament and it really hit them when they got to the Vodafone Arena to train.

“They got to see the layout of the place and where they will be playing so it’s all hitting them all at once.

“This is a great opportunity, however, for us to showcase our players at this level of netball, we know from the past that this is a leading foundation to bigger and great things.

The Digicel/Punjas International Netball Schools Challenge will start tomorrow at the Vodafone Arena.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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