Star goal shoot Irene van Dyk says she wants to win Sunday’s ANZ Netball Championship final for her mum.
Van Dyk led her Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic side to Sunday’s decider against the Melbourne Vixens with a commanding performance in Monday’s preliminary final victory over the Northern Mystics.
That was despite knowing her mum, also called Irene, had died earlier in the day.
“Christie [husband] called me with the news, we knew Mum wasn’t well but that doesn’t make it any easier,” van Dyk told the Waikato Times.
Mrs van Dyk was diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2010.
“I was just really comforted to know that Mum had passed away in her sleep and that she is now free from pain. My sister, Janita, and brother, Harry, were with her which was so good to know – she really loved her family so much,” she said.
Their father Herman died of a heart attack 20 years ago.
“I think of them together now watching me play netball from the comfort of their chairs – they would want me to keep playing so that’s what I must do.
“Noels [Magic coach Noeline Taurua] said to us on Monday we have to play for today – play for those in our families who had passed – including Mum – and not hold anything back, we didn’t need any more incentive to win that game.”
Van Dyk will travel with her team-mates back to New Zealand following Sunday’s final in Melbourne, where they are looking to claim their first championship title, before heading to South Africa on Tuesday for the funeral later in the week.
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