The 2016 New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball Championships are in Lower Hutt next week from Tuesday-Friday. Leading up to the tournament, College Sport Media is profiling some of the teams and individuals likely to feature.
Defending champions Mount Albert Grammar School will be one of the teams to beat in this year’s NZSS Netball Championships and Kasey Price is a key player in their midcourt.
Name: Kasey Price
School: Mount Albert Grammar School
What positions do you play?
Centre, Wing Defence
What representative teams have you played in?
What’s it going to take for your school to do well in the NZSS Nationals next week?
Working together as a squad of 12, and each of the 12 doing their job on and off the court.
Have you played in the NZSS Nationals previously?
Yes, this will be my third year at Nationals.
What local competitions has your school team played in this year and how did your team go?
Auckland Secondary Schools: Runners-up. Upper North Island Championships: Winners.
Who are your school’s closest rivals on the netball court?
I think every team we come up against are our rivals - we know we have to be on our game in every match. Saint Kentigern College have been our closest rivals - I know it is going to be a physical, tough game every time we come up against them.
What’s been one memorable match you have played in this year for your school team?
When we played Saint Kentigern in our round game at UNISS tournament. We all really worked together. Everyone did their job and it all came together in the end.
What’s the strength of your team?
We have a group of 12 girls so everyone works hard to be a starter which makes us push each other. All 12 girls can play a variety of positions, which is a strength of our team.
How long have you been playing netball?
I have been playing netball since I was six! My favourite early memory was playing on the grass in Australia.
Who are your sporting role models?
I have three role models. The first one is Gabbi Simpson [Queensland Firebirds/Australia] because she just goes for everything and sticks on her player and does her job. My big sister Jamie-Lee Price [Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic/ Greater Western Sydney Giants 2017] is also one of my role models because she is fierce when she plays. And the last one is my dad, Steve Price [former Captain of the Warriors], because he was an amazing leader not just on the field, but off it as well.
Do you have a motto or saying?
'Just play what's in front of you.'
What other sports do you play or have played competitively?
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