Helping netball fans hit by fire

A Northland school and a ‘netball mad’ family hit by a fire, have been given a helping hand.

The Ball family from Paparoa, north of Wellsford, lost their six-bedroom house to a fire in January this year. 

A neighbour went into rescue what he thought was a person from the fire, but realised it was a life size cut-out of Northern Mystics netball player Kayla Cullen.

Mother Tina Ball said they lost almost everything in the fire, including stacks of Mystics souvenirs collected by Ms Ball's two "absolutely netball-mad" daughters, Cheyanne, 16, and 6-year-old Stevie-Raye, the Herald reported.

Ms Ball, who is president of the Otamatea High School netball club, said uniforms and gear for all the club's eight teams were destroyed in the fire.

Support for the family

At the April Northern Mystics vs Tactix netball game, Barfoot & Thompson and the Mystics showed their support for the family.

Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director Peter Thompson presented the school's netball club with a cheque of $2,000 to help replace their netball uniforms. 

He also presented the family with a cheque of $3,000 to help towards setting up a new life in their new home. The Mystics gave the family supporter packs, which included some Mystics dresses.

Barfoot & Thompson are sponsors of the Northern Mystics.

Read more about the story in the New Zealand Herald.

Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director, Peter Thompson, mother Tina Ball with daughters Stevie-Raye and Cheyanne, and Northern Mystics player Kayla Cullen at the Northern Mystics vs Tactix netball game.
Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director, Peter Thompson, mother Tina Ball with daughters Stevie-Raye and Cheyanne, and Northern Mystics player Kayla Cullen at the Northern Mystics vs Tactix netball game.