Sky the limit for this impressive Taranaki netball duo
24 Apr 2017
Two Taranaki netballers have big dreams of playing for the Silver Ferns.
New Plymouth girls Cassidy Pringle and Brooke Puletaha, 13, will both be representing New Zealand in an indoor netball tournament in South Africa in July, hoping to continue their families' success in sport.
"It's really exciting getting to represent our country at age 13. Hopefully there will be more opportunities come," Pringle said.
What makes it even more special for Pringle is that she's managed to get one over her father Scott.
By being selected to go to South Africa she has now become the youngest NZ representative in her family, after Scott represented New Zealand as a non travelling reserve for the Junior All Whites when he was 15.
Team mate and friend Brooke Puletaha also has an impressive pedigree in sport.
Her mother Emma is currently away at the Masters Games and won a gold medal in the high jump on Monday after winning bronze in surf lifesaving earlier in the games.
Both girls play for New Plymouth Girls High School Year 9 A team as well as the Taranaki under 15 team and have big dreams of not just playing for the not just the Cental Pulse but also the Silver Ferns.
The netball mad teenagers confess to having taken a few selfies with various Pulse and Silver Ferns players over the years.
However, that's where the similarities end, with both girls having different favourite players.
Pringle's a big fan of mid-court player Whitney Souness while Puletaha prefers shooter Catherine Tuivaiti.
Both were looking forward to the trip and also the chance to test themselves against the best in the world.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting new people from around the world and playing against new people," Pringle said.
"We heard the South Africans were really tall so we might have to change the way we play a bit."
The cost of the trip is more than $3000 dollars and Pringle's family have started a givealittle page to help cover some of the costs involved for the overseas trip.
It has received support from friends and family from all over the world, especially from an uncle overseas who has made a very sizeable donation.
"He's only really met Cassidy twice but it's nice to get family support especially from so far away," mother Max Pringle said.