The sun was shining, the atmosphere was electric, and the netball courts at Manurewa Netball Centre were abuzz with excitement as the 2023 youth winter season officially commenced. It was a momentous occasion, made even more special by the presence of our General Manager and Trustees, who were honored to be invited to join in the festivities.
In a heartwarming display of community spirit, the Wiri Licensing Trust was called upon to carry out a cherished tradition – the official opening of the winter season. With a crowd of eager onlookers, the spotlight was on Glenn Murphy, accompanied by Natasha Kemp of Manurewa Marae, as they geared up to take the first shot at goal. However, despite their best efforts, the net remained untouched. It seemed the pressure of the moment had affected even the most seasoned of players.
Yet, this is where the essence of community and youth sports shines the brightest. Two junior players, with unwavering confidence and enthusiasm, stepped up to the plate. In a matter of seconds, they made their mark, sinking their shots effortlessly, and saving the day. Their unbridled passion and composure under pressure showcased the incredible talent nurtured within the Manurewa Netball Centre’s youth program.
As the parade unfolded and the season’s festivities officially kicked off, it was evident that this year’s winter season would be nothing short of extraordinary. The Manurewa Netball Centre has once again demonstrated its commitment to fostering talent, promoting teamwork, and providing a platform for young athletes to thrive.
We extend our heartfelt best wishes to all the youth players who are embarking on this exciting journey. May this season be filled with not only victories but also personal growth, camaraderie, and unforgettable memories. Your dedication to the sport and the values it instills will undoubtedly shape you into remarkable individuals both on and off the court.
We would also like to commend Netball Manurewa for orchestrating yet another outstanding festival day. Your hard work, dedication, and passion for netball are truly inspiring, and it’s evident that you’ve created an environment where dreams are nurtured and realized.
As our General Manager and Trustees departed from the Manurewa Netball Centre, they left with a profound sense of pride in the community they serve. The youth winter season opening parade was a testament to the power of sports in bringing people together, inspiring future generations, and creating lasting memories.
Here’s to a fantastic winter season filled with teamwork, determination, and countless moments of triumph. Let the games begin, and may each player find their inner champion and emerge from this season stronger, wiser, and brimming with pride.
Netball Manurewa, thank you for providing the platform for dreams to take flight, and here’s to a memorable season for all involved. Let the games begin!