Big Term Of Netball For Saviour Tui And St Mary’s College
St Mary’s College shooter Saviour Tui was recently one of two Wellington netballers (along with Paris Lokotui, Queen Margaret College) who joined the NZSS team in Auckland for a week-long camp that included a series of games against England U19.
St Mary’s are again the team to beat in this year’s Wellington secondary school competition, having won the first round Regional competition, while they were recently promoted to the top grade for the second half of the season in the Wellington Netball Centre’s club competition.
We caught up with Saviour ahead of a big month coming up on the netball court, culminating in the LNISS Championships here in Wellington in Winter Tournament Week.
College Sport Wellington: First question is did you watch the Silver Ferns win the World Cup, and how does their win inspire all the secondary school players?
Saviour Tui: I watched some of the games, but not all of them including the final because it was a school night! Their win inspires me and hopefully other students to keep working hard and persevering because a lot of these players put in a lot of hard work and dedication towards the World Cup and to get the win. To get the win and being number one again has put “fearless” back into the dress.
CSW: How did you and the NZSS team go against England U19?
ST: I enjoyed it! We got to play a series of four games against England. We lost the first one, but won the next three.
CSW: Prior to that, you were part of the Central Manawa team that won the BEKO competition, beating Waikato-BoP 49-46 in the final?
ST: Yes, this was another big highlight for me and a big year with the BEKO team. It was a great achievement for us to win. Thank you to Pelesa and Anna for always continuing to bring the best out of the team.
CSW: Congratulations on winning the CSW Premier Tournament earlier in the season. How competitive is the RSSL?
ST: The standard of competition and closeness between the teams is still high and we have our next match against St Oran’s College this Monday night. The team to beat is Sacred Heart College, who are second on the table, while Samuel Marsden Collegiate are also doing well too.
CSW: St Mary’s College recently earned promotion from Premier 2 to Premier 1 in the Wellington club competition on Saturdays, a competition that features BEKO and Pulse players and Silver Ferns when available – this must be really good for the St Mary’s players and team?
ST: This is a good, tough competition for us. Our St Mary’s team has worked really hard to get to where we are now and we are really lucky to be able to play in Premier 1 with the very best players! This is a good experience and opportunity for us where we get to grow together as a team heading towards the Lower North Island tournament in September.
CSW: You came through in a SMC team that included players like Renee Savai’inaea and Ana Puleiata, and others that also excelled in other sports such as rugby, basketball and volleyball. Now that you are a senior player, what is your leadership role in the SMC team?
ST: I am not the captain, but one of the senior players and I lead with my actions. Yes, that was super cool and I was blessed to play with those gifted multi-sport athletes! Renee, Ana, Dhys, Lyric, Sariah, Cheyne and others. I remember them all just shining in every sport they played and I looked up to them wanted to work hard just like them. They are such elite players and I remember them being so humble.
CSW: Staying with school netball, is the LNISS tournament, which is at the ASB Centre in Kilbirnie this year, and hoping to qualify for the NZSS nationals what you are working towards?
ST: Yes, I have confidence in St Mary’s doing well in these tournaments! We have a strong team and I believe in the girls. All we have to do is work together as a team and uplift one another as a team on and off the court. Especially when we face challenges and not forget to smile, and have fun but work hard with a great attitude. Making it to the nationals will definitely be our top priority and we will really need to work hard at LNISS to achieve this.
CSW: Right now you are not just busy with netball?
ST: Lately I have been quite busy with my commitment to Poly, which we will be performing with other schools this Tuesday at Tu Tangata. But once Poly finishes I will be in full training mode.
CSW: As a shooter, do you also practice on your own specifically shooting goals, or is this all part of your general practice?
ST: Yes, I practice my shooting in my own time. 200 or more shots.
CSW: Do you have a role model or a mentor?
ST: My parents are my biggest role models and mentors. Especially my mum, who always reminds me about faith and like she always says “keep god in the mix in everything that I do,” in sport, school and life in general.
CSW: In school, what subjects are you doing this year in L3 NCEA?
ST: English, Statistics, Geography, RE and PE.
CSW: Do you know what you will be doing next year, with study and netball?
ST: Next year I have been blessed with the opportunity to play with the Mystics and will be moving to Auckland. I won’t be going to university to study, but instead I have chosen to go to bible college (Equippers Church) where I am in the process of filling out the applications.
CSW: Thank you and good luck for the rest of the season!