Lia Chapman has recently been selected in the Central Otago Year 8 netball team. image central caught up with Lia recently to ask her about the upcoming rep season.
This is not Lia’s first season of representative netball, she played in the Central Otago Year 7 rep team last year and is eager to be involved again. She is also grateful to get another chance to play since competition for places is strong and four members of her team from last season missed out on selection this year. So there will be lots of new players this year and Lia says she is excited about the prospect of making new friends and having a lot of fun.
Lia plays various positions on defence and attack for her school team and is unsure where she will be playing in the rep squad. She couldn’t attend the trials since she had been sidelined due to a collision with a barbed wire fence while playing basketball at home and ending up with three stitches in her hand.
Lia started playing netball after playing a few seasons of ripper rugby for Alexandra and she has also tried hockey. But being around the netball courts watching her mum, Elaisa Chapman and older sister Tegan, play every Saturday it seemed natural that she would start playing. During the regular season Lia plays for her school team, Terrace Green. She trains for netball twice a week, a training session with her team from Terrace School as well as a session with the 9A’s team that mum, Elaisa, coaches.
Lia’s says her role models are her mum and her auntie, Koto Bakani. Mum, Elaisa, has played premier netball for Molyneux A for a number of seasons. Elaisa has taken the year off to focus on coaching this year but can still be seen on the court occasionally when Molyneux is short of players. Lia enjoys watching her mum play, as she says
“Mum’s got rockets and springs in her shoes!”
Her favourite player is Southern Steel player and family friend, Jamie Hume. Like Lia, Jamie went through the grades playing rep netball for Central Otago and has recently secured a trial with the Silver Ferns.
Lia’s netball dream is to make it into the Silver Ferns one day. We are right behind you Lia!