Former St Peter’s College netballer Harriett Cuttance will be having a blast on the netball court this season.
The 18-year-old has been selected for the Southern Blast, the Steel’s feeder team.
She is living in Dunedin while she studies at the University of Otago.
The Blast, comprising 16 players from Otago and Southland, will compete in the second tier of the national netball league and is coached by Southern Steel assistant coach Jo Morrison.
The team lost its first game on Sunday night against the Northern Comets, 38-68, in Invercargill.
Cuttance played the third quarter, sharing the goal attack position with Southern Steel contracted player Kiana Pelasio.
Cuttance said she really enjoyed her first hit-out with the team.
“It was good for the first round to watch [Pelasio] and get an idea of what the games are going to be like,” Cuttance said.
“I did enjoy learning from an older, stronger player.”
“We were pretty disappointed with how we played because it’s not really what we’ve been training.
“Now we know what we need to do.
“We’ve got all our structures.
“We just need to execute them properly,” she said.
After the trials which were held in November and February, Cuttance was pleased to make the squad.
”I wasn’t really expecting to make it.
”It was one of my goals but I wasn’t confident.”
At 183cm, Cuttance usually plays goal attack.
Many of the players are new to the squad.
”We’ve been getting on really well together.”