Magic wing attack Amigene Metcalfe looks to make a pass
during her team's round five ANZ Championship match against
the Wellington Pulse at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in
Hamilton earlier this month. Photo from Getty Images.
In what could be considered netball's version of
television reality show Survivor
, evergreen midcourters
Amigene Metcalfe, Jenny-May Coffin and Julie Seymour have been
trying to outwit, outplay and outlast each other for more than
You might say Seymour has won the most reward challenges with
89 test caps.
But Coffin racked up 26 and Metcalfe got her "15 minutes of
The 34-year-old Magic wing attack made her sole appearance
for the Silver Ferns towards the end of the 2004 tour of
"There is always a part of you that thinks it would have been
nice to have more opportunities at international level just
to see how you'd go," she explained, when asked if she would
have liked to have played more tests.
"Everything I've achieved in netball I'm really proud of, and
there are no regrets because I've done pretty much everything
I could do to achieve what I have."
While Metcalfe was often overlooked for the national side in
favour of Seymour or Coffin, the rivalry has been
overshadowed by her admiration for the duo.
In Seymour she sees a sort of kindred spirit, in that they
have both returned to the game after having families.
Metcalfe played alongside Coffin with Waikato "for years" and
rates her highly.
But Metcalfe and Steel co-captain Coffin will have to put
their friendship on hold for an hour when their teams meet in
round seven of the ANZ Championship in Hamilton on Monday.
"It is always quite interesting when you come up against old
team-mates. You always look forward to the catch-up
afterwards actually. But she is just another player on the
court that we have to think about."
Metcalfe and Coffin will not mark each other. In all
likelihood they will both be playing at wing attack, which is
a relief for Metcalfe.
"Knowing it [her game] and being able to combat it is a
Playing at a high intensity week after week is a challenge
for the busy mother of 4-year-old Jorja and 1-year-old Ryan.
Mix in a part-time job as a high performance development
officer for Waikato Netball, and some teaching at St Peters
in Cambridge, and there are not many hours left in the week.
But there is no mention of retirement yet.
"I don't want to be one of those people who are still playing
when they really shouldn't be," she said, laughing.
"So it is just trying to read what is the best time. Now I've
got a family it is about what is best for them, too.
"But it is one of those things, where if you still feel you
are good enough then why not [continue playing]."
The Magic has been carrying the torch for the New Zealand
sides and is in second place with five wins from six matches.
The Steel is towards the bottom of the competition table with
two wins from six matches.
While the tournament is in its middle stages, and there is
enough time for the Steel to claw its way back into
contention, the Otago-Southland combined side desperately
needs a win against the Magic to generate some momentum.
The Magic captain was aware the Steel will have a
backs-to-the-wall attitude, which she said was helping guard
"They are a team you are never going to take lightly,
especially with their coaching personnel. Even though they
are placed at the bottom of the table they are by no means
out of it. Every game for them is an opportunity to make the
top four still."