Retired former Steel defender Megan Hutton has answered an
SOS and will fill in for the Canterbury Tactix for the next
Hutton hung up her bib at the end of last season but a series
of injuries in the Tactix ranks has paved the way for an
The Tactix' backcourt reserves have been depleted, with
former Silver Ferns defender Anna Galvan breaking her wrist
in the 18-goal loss to the West Coast Fever last week and
Peta Stephens being ruled out for the remainder of the season
with a shoulder injury.
"I'm just lending a helping hand while there are a few injury
breaks," Hutton said.
"They've got a few home games coming up, so I can do it. But
I'm just going to take it week by week."
Since retiring, Hutton has embarked on a new career, taking a
job as an international flight consultant in Christchurch,
and she was not expecting to make a return to top netball.
She has kept herself fit playing club netball and basketball.
"It has all been a bit of a surprise.
"I haven't had too much time to prepare but I'm ready for
what-ever happens," she said.
Hutton has spent the past five years playing her netball in
the deep South.
She had three years with the Sting in the now-defunct
National Bank Cup and two years with the Steel in the ANZ
Galvan is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.
The Tactix' bid to replace Stephens with English shooter Jo
Harten was denied by Netball New Zealand.
Winners of double passes to tonight's ANZ Championship match
between the Southern Steel and the Central Pulse are. -Jill
Gray, Caroline and Craig Brown, Amy Clark, Mary Gibb and
The tickets can be collected from the Lion Foundation Arena
before the game.