By PHILIP CHANDLER
For 10-year-old Queenstown netballer Iri Hollebon (second left), it was one of the highlights of her life.
Selected for the ANZ Future Captains programme, she got to lead out Steel captain Shannon Saunders, left, and Mystics captain Sulu Fitzpatrick when the two ANZ Premiership sides clashed in Invercargill this month.
Iri, who plays goal attack for Queenstown Primary School’s Year 5 team, is also pictured with friend Scarlett Barkley-Smith, who came along to support her.
She also got to high-five the players, join in on the coin toss and sit courtside.
‘‘I felt really special talking to the captains,’’ she says.
Having spent half her life in the Far North, Iri was a bit torn when Invercargill-based Steel won.
After playing for three years, she says she loves shooting — ‘‘the secret is to take your time and not rush’’.