Battle of the Basin


Mia Bulling-Eady wants to be just like her mum.

And with her shooting prowess, the talented 11-year-old netballer appears to be on the right track.

Mia, under the watchful eye of mum and Queenstown Primary School year 7 netball coach Sally Bulling, showed off her skills at Tuesday’s Battle of the Basin.

The competition pitted senior pupils from the area’s primary schools against each other in a range of sports in a bid to be named Wakatipu champions.

Mia was so keen to pull on a bib, she started heading along to practice sessions months before she was actually allowed to start playing.

“I like playing with the team, I like the whole game.”

She says she wants to follow in her mum’s footsteps.

Bulling played for Otago from the age of 17 to 22, and was named in the New Zealand Under-21 squad.

But while Bulling was a defender, Mia’s most comfortable at goal attack.

The QPS netball team dominated on the court, but it wasn’t enough to help their school to victory.

Remarkables Primary School took out the overall competition, with Arrowtown School runners-up.

About 350 pupils took part in the tournament, which began with an annual exchange between QPS and Arrowtown in 2011.