Round 2 of the netball at the 2014 ClubsNSW Academy Games featured a close match between Hunter Academy of Sport and St Margarets College of New Zealand, seeing the Hunter Academy coming away with a narrow victory of 17 to 13.
Captain Tiu Holland put in a strong performance for her team, leading from the front by using her versatility to play two different positions, something required when one of her fellow teammates went down. Her performance was also noticed by others, earning her the prestige of most valuable player for the match.
Tiu and her Hunter teammates have a total of twelve games to play this weekend, and their campaign has started strongly with a win from their first match, a victory that was helped made possible by the captain’s extraordinary efforts.
The recently turned 16 year old has been playing netball for the past nine years, and it was her older cousin who inspired her love of the sport, as having watched her cousin excel at netball inspired her to try and do the same.
Tiu has high ambitions for her netballing career, hoping to reach the highest levels in the sport.
“I’ve always wanted to play for the Sydney Swifts, and eventually I want to play for Australia," she said.
Playing for the Hunter Academy of Sport requires fierce commitment from the players with Tiu and her teammates enduring lengthy training sessions on the weekend, whilst also completing fitness homework tasks during the week and maintaining a strict, healthy diet.
The first year player and first year captain takes great privilege in captaining her team, taking the role with great enthusiasm and excitement, honoured to represent the Hunter Academy. These characteristics were evident in her performance during the match against St Margarets, as she was a fierce competitor who worked hard for her team, and was constantly encouraging them and cheering them on.