Media win inaugural Tania Dalton Memorial Trophy
The Media Ferns have won the inaugural Tania Dalton Memorial Trophy and with it reflected on the netballer who continues to be a positive influence for so many.
They beat a team of New Zealand politicians, the Parly Ferns, 21-11 in a charity match to raise funds for the Tania Dalton Foundation.
Media Ferns coach and former Silver Fern Jenny-May Clarkson said it had been an honour to be involved in the inaugural match.
“T-Bag (Tania Dalton) was such a special person and it was a privilege to take part in what was a very special game,” she said.
Money raised from the match, which was played last Saturday in the build-up to the Netball Quad Series opener, will go to the Foundation which was set up to honour Tania Dalton by helping young sportswomen reach their goals.
The media team included TV presenter and former Silver Fern Bernice Mene, Wendy Petrie (TVNZ), Dana Johannsen (Stuff), Bernadine Oliver-Kerby (SKY TV), Ravinder Hunia (Radio NZ), and Tayla Dalton.
They went head-to-head with the Parly Ferns which was captained by former Silver Fern and Black Fern representative MP Louisa Wall, and included Poto Williams, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, Kiritapu Allan, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Hon Meka Whaitiri, Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki and Melissa Lee.
The two 10-minute halves were played in front of a crowd of 6000 at Spark Arena bringing the important work of the Foundation into the spotlight.
“T-Bag (Tania Dalton) had such a passion for sport and the work that the Foundation does continues to inspire other budding sports people,” Clarkson said.
She joked the warm-up had been perhaps the most crucial part of the Media Ferns game-plan.
“I didn’t want any injuries out there,” she said.
“For many of the team, playing in front of a crowd like that was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but we also knew we were there for a purpose.
“T-Bag loved to have fun but she was also very competitive so we definitely went out there to win,” she said. “I must admit I was pleasantly surprised with how well we came together.”
“We might have to have trials next year,” Clarkson said with a laugh.