Whakatane resident Mary Jane Araroa has been made coach of the Waikato BOP u23 netball team.

The netball team is the feeder team to the Waikato BOP Magics playing in the ANZ Trans-tasman Championships. Mary Jane Araroa has selection scopes in the BOP, Waikato, Taupo, Hauraki and Poverty Bay.

Some of the players in the team are Whakatane’s shooter Harley Smith and Opotiki’s mid-courter Simmone Howe. The first task at hand for Mary Jane Araroa is the preparation the national netball championships in Wellington in June with title games in July.

Others in the U23 Waikato BOP team are Jamie Lee Price, Nadia Loveday, Kendra Falefitu, and Erana Mikaere.

Hei te poitarawhiti- Kei a Mary Jane Araroa o Whakatane te turanga kaiwhakaako o te kapa poitarawhiti Waikato Waiariki kei raro i te tau rua tekau ma toru. Ka tu ai tenei kapa poitarawhiti hei whangai i nga wahine ki te roto i te Kapa Waikato Waiariki Magic e takaro ana i roto i te whakataetae poitarawhiti ANZ. Ka ahei a Mary Jane Araroa ki te whiriwhiri i ana wahine takaro no nga rohe o Te Waiariki, Waikato, Taupo, Hauraki me Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa. Etahi kei roto o te kapa rua tekau ma toru tau – ko te kaikuru o Whakatane ko Harley Smith raua ko te poutakawaenga o Opotiki ko Simmon Howe. Hei whakangungu tuatahi ma Mary Jane Araroa ko te whakataetae  Aotearoa kei Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara hei te marama o Pipiri, kia takaro hei nga poutama a te tekau ma wha o Hongongoi. Kei roto hoki i te kapa rua tekau ma toru tau-ko Jamie Lee Price, Nadia Loveday, Kendra Falefitu ratau ko Erana Mikaere.