Netball New Zealand (NNZ) is pleased to confirm the details of the 2016 National Domestic Events Calendar, including the National Netball League.
Announced by NNZ Chief Executive Hilary Poole, Netballers across the country will travel to North Canterbury, Nelson and Hutt Valley to compete in the underage events, while the National Netball League will run concurrently with the ANZ Championship.
“Netball New Zealand is committed to taking our underage domestic events to towns and cities around the country and are proud that we can continue to do so,” Poole said.
“The National Netball League was a key outcome of our competitions review. It will provide the future stars of New Zealand Netball with an opportunity to experience and test themselves in a high level competition week-in/week-out.”
The National Netball League (NNL) is a development competition that underpins the ANZ Championship in New Zealand. It will run for 12 weeks from Sunday 10 April, culminating on Sunday 26 June with the Grand Final in Auckland. The competition will feature five teams (one from each Zone) playing a double round robin, including 14 post-match games televised on SKY Sport following ANZ Championship matches on Saturday or Sunday, and seven standalone games.
Saxton Stadium, in Nelson, will host the Netball NZ U19 Champs from Monday 11 – Thursday 14 July, 2016. Re-opened in 2014 following the floods, Saxton Stadium features five Netball courts and is the home of Sport Tasman and many regional sporting bodies.
Netball North Canterbury will host the largest event on the calendar – the Netball NZ U17 Champs from Monday 18 – Thursday 21 July, 2016. This is the first time the Centre has hosted the prestigious event, which attracts over 1,500 people including players, coaches, umpires, volunteers and spectators.
The newly renovated Walter Nash Stadium, part of the new Walter Nash Centre, will see the best New Zealand Secondary Schools teams converge on Taita, Lower Hutt. The event, held from Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 October, is the culmination of a number of regional qualifying events and showcases the best secondary school Netballers in the country.
2016 Netball New Zealand National Domestic Events
Event: National Netball League
Dates: Sunday 10 April – Sunday 26 June
Event: Netball NZ U17 Champs
Location: Netball North Canterbury, Rangiora
Dates: Monday 18 - Thursday 21 July, 2016
Event: Netball NZ U19 Champs
Location: Saxton Stadium, Nelson
Dates: Monday 11 - Thursday 14 July, 2016
Event: NZ Secondary School Netball Champs
Location: Walter Nash Stadium, Hutt Valley
Dates: Tuesday 4 - Friday 7 October, 2016
Netball is NZ's premier female sport and has the talent to prove it ... here are our top 4 for 2015.
Courtney Elliott was the only Waikato-BoP player selected in the 12-strong NZSS team to compete at the trans-Tasman U19 Netball Tournament in May. Courtney, who attends Tai Wananga Ki Ruakura in Hamilton, plays for Fraser Tech Premier Netball Club as a shooter. However she caught the selector’s eye as a defender.
The 17-year old plays in the Hamilton City U19 team and is a talented all round athlete juggling netball with softball and basketball.
She was Waikato’s Secondary School Sport’s 2015 Netballer of the Year.
Mount Albert Grammar School and NZSS team captain and defender Holly Fowler spent five years in her school’s senior netball and helped them win four consecutive national titles between 2012-15.
She also plays club netball for the MAGS old girls team and has national U21 and U23 squad commitments. If that’s enough on her plate, she was also Head Girl at MAGS this year.
In 2016 she joins the Northern Mystics in the ANZ Championship.
Wellington East Girls' College’s co-captain and mid-courter Mila Reuelu-Buchanan made the NZSS netball team in May, for the second successive year. A Former shooter, Mila played games at Centre and Wing attack at the trans-Tasman Tournament.
She went on to help her side finish third at the Secondary Schools National Championships in Timaru, and was one of four Wellington East players to make the tournament team. A former New Zealand U15 Touch Rugby representative, she has a bright future on the netball court.
The second of Mount Albert Grammar School’s dynamic netball duo to have picked up a professional contract for 2016, along with Holly Fowler, Maia Wilson is heading to Wellington and the Central Pulse after finishing school.
Maia shot 230 of her 252 attempts at the NZSS Netball Championships for MAGS, including 36 from 39 in the final against St Kentigern College, as they clinched a four-peat of titles.
In November, Maia was selected to take part in the Silver Ferns and National Development Squad trials.
An accomplished basketballer, Maia also had offers on the table to join an American University on scholarship in 2016.
Netball New Zealand has today announced 25 athletes who have been selected to take part in the Silver Ferns and National Development Squad trials in Auckland from December 7-11, 2015.
Captain Casey Kopua has been granted extended leave until the end of January 2016 by Netball New Zealand following the New World Netball Series for the Constellation Cup. It has been a big 12 months for Kopua who made her return from a serious knee injury in May to lead the Silver Ferns at Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.
The trials also signal the return to Netball for shooter Maria Tutaia, who missed the Constellation Cup on extended leave.
The 2016 Silver Ferns Squad and National Development Squad will be announced on Thursday 10 December, 2015.
The triallists are:
Cathrine Latu - Northern Mystics
Brooke Leaver - Southern Steel
Bailey Mes - Mainland Tactix
Malia Paseka - WBOP Magic
Te Paea Selby-Rickit - Southern Steel
Maria Tutaia - Northern Mystics
Ameliaranne Wells - Central Pulse
Maia Wilson - NZ Secondary Schools
Gina Crampton - Southern Steel
Kayla Cullen - Northern Mystics
Shannon Francois - Southern Steel
Laura Langman - Northern Mystics
Erikana Pedersen - Mainland Tactix
Jamie-Lee Price - WBOP Magic
Grace Rasmussen - WBOP Magic
Samantha Sinclair - WBOP Magic
Leana de Bruin - WBOP Magic
Katrina Grant - Central Pulse
Temalisi Fakahokotau - Northern Mystics
Anna Harrison-Phoenix Karaka - Southern Steel
Jess Moulds - Mainland Tactix
Storm Purvis - Southern Steel
Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick - Northern Mystics
Zoe Walker - Mainland Tactix
It’s been a big year for Ashburton College year 13 student and recently selected New Zealand U21 Development Squad netball defender Kate Lloyd - and it doesn’t stop with the school year winding down.
Fresh from trialling for the new Netball Mainland National League team this past weekend, Kate heads up to Auckland in early December for a training camp with the national U21 Development Squad.
There’s much for her to aspire to. “We do a three day training camp and then from there 12 players get selected for a tour of the Cook Islands later in December and then the World Youth Championships are in Botswana in 2017,” she told College Sport Media.
She is one of seven schoolgirls in the 20-strong development squad, and one of two from the Netball Mainland region along with 2016 Tactix rookie Charlotte Elley who left school at St Andrew’s College last year.
Earlier in the year, Kate trialled in Auckland for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Netball team, so she knows what to expect. “It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to, especially the differences in style between the South Island and the North Island, where it is more athletic and physical than down here.”
Regular trips up to Christchurch this year with her Ashburton College school team paid off for Kate with her latest selection. She was co-captain of her school team that finished second in the Canterbury secondary schools SuperNet competition.
In the first part of the season Ashburton College won all seven matches and took out the first round. In the second round, the teams were split into two sections. Ashburton College qualified top from their side of their draw before missing out to winners St Margaret’s College 13-28 in the final. In 2014 the team finished fifth after qualifying from Division 1 in 2013.
Ashburton had comfortably the best defensive record of all the teams in this year’s SuperNet competition, which Kate also attributed to her fellow defender and co-captain Sophie Worsfold, aptly describing the pair together as “tall timber.” Sophie was also trialling for the Netball Mainland National League team with Kate over this past weekend.
Kate also cites the influence of Ashburton’s coach and former pupil of the school, Angela Mitchell, as a key factor in the team’s success. Mitchell played five Tests for Silver Ferns in the early 2000s and played for the Tactix at the tail-end of her career in 2009. “She is such a good role model and she has always got the inspiration and motivation for us to succeed. Being a former shooter at the elite level, one way she helps me out as a defender is she knows what’s annoying for them.”
Kate, at 1.92 m, says key attributes to train for as a defender include developing fast speed around the defensive circle and the ability to have a vertical jump.
The New Zealand Secondary School Netball Championships were recently held just up the road in Ashburton, and whilst her school wasn’t involved, Kate was never too far from the action. “I turned up to watch every day and kept a close eye on all the finals and I saw some of the players that I was trialling with for the New Zealand team earlier in the year.”
The title was won by Mount Albert Grammar School, who beat fellow Aucklanders St Kentigern College in the final.
Kate also has a strong basketball background, but that sport recently had to take a back seat as her netball stocks have risen. “I played both basketball and netball up until this year but I decided to concentrate on netball this year and both sports clashed and I would have had to miss some of both.”
Next year she’s heading to Lincoln University on the Lincoln Netball Scholarship to study and play.
In the meantime she’s got NCEA exams to study for, followed by training and preparing for the U21 Development Squad camp
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