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NWYC2017 Blog: NZU21s prepare for semi-final against Fiji

With the Netball World Youth Cup 2017 (NWYC2017) nearing its final days, our NZU21s are doing New Zealand proud with 5 consecutive wins so far in the competition.

We caught up with vice-captain Charlotte Elley after the team’s success in the quarter-finals against South Africa, defeating them 69-32.

“Kia Ora!

What another fantastic day with a fantastic result.

Today the girls fought really hard to win against South Africa and everyone did their bit to contribute to the great win.

After the game, we came back to our accommodation for a bit of ‘R&R’ before heading out to our support school to show our appreciation for their loud support.

To give you an idea of how strict they are regarding security, the school is directly opposite our accommodation and when our team manager Jill asked if we could walk over to the school they said no, we must go in the van. So in the van we went for a 10 second drive across the road! At the school, we had a beautiful welcome and performed a waiata for the students along with presenting the principal a match dress.

As you all know, recovery is so important after games to be able to back up a great performance like we had against South Africa. So on return from the school it was straight to the pool for a session with Jen. The pool was freezing and every single one of us complained but nonetheless, we still did it and will hopefully reap the rewards tomorrow against our game against Fiji!

The night was finished with a lovely dinner with some of the families and friends.

Good night all from us here in Botswana!”

The NZU21s squad will take on Fiji in the semi-finals tomorrow (Saturday 15 July – 2am NZST – broadcast live on the NNZ Facebook page) where they hope to proceed onto the grand final on Sunday.

You can follow the progress of the NZU21s during their time in Botswana via their Online Hub. Here you’ll find news, profiles, fixture info and results - click here.