Homecoming for former SKC girl


The Southern Steel’s recent visit to Oamaru was a homecoming of sorts for Jane Watson.
The Steel held a full training session at the Waitaki Community Recreation Centre, while four players _ Gina Crampton, Stacey Peeters, Storm Purvis and Te Paea Selby-Rickit _ also hosted a training session with a group of Oamaru netballers, aged between 8 and 15, who are part of the franchise’s Steel Club.
While the 26-year-old Watson, who is in her second year at the Steel after a stint with the Canterbury Tactix from 2012 to 2014, grew up in Christchurch, she was educated at St Kevin’s College.
She said she was happy to be back in the town where she honed her skills as a teenager.
“It’s nice, actually. I’m not through here very often.”The 1.81m Watson, who can play at goal keep, goal defence and wing defence, has fond memories of her time at St Kevin’s and the school’s battles with rivals Waitaki Girls’ High School.
“My favourite memories are probably being in the St Kevin’s senior A team and my coach, Janelle Casey. She was probably the biggest influence in my netball life. I still keep in contact with her, which is great.
“I really enjoyed being at SKC. It was a really good school.”While she said the netball ties between St Kevin’s and Waitaki Girls’ weren’t quite as intense as those between the two school’s respective First XV rugby teams, both teams always made sure they were on top of their game.
“We still liked to win. I think we did that more often than not.”
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