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100 teams at huge tournament

The first week of September saw the largest Netball competition in the country play at NNH and hosted by Netball North Inc.
We had 100 teams playing up to three games per day over five days. Each game was 40 minutes long, with three grades and 22 pools. Add to the mix 130 umpires. This logistical exercise meant that we delivered 518 games of netball over the week.
The heavens opened on day one and put three of our courts under water. As I have mentioned before netball almost never cancels and the girls continued to play with smiles on their faces. This day turned out to be the highlight of the week. Mt Albert Grammar school took out the championship with our own Westlake Girls coming in 5th place. The top six schools head off shortly to the NZ Secondary Schools Championships in Timaru.

Big changes for Netball
The landscape of Netball across New Zealand will change forever from 1st March next year.

At a recent special general meeting in September the membership voted to dissolve the 12 regions and restructure the country into five zones. Each zone will be aligned with the franchise teams. This will see NNH grouped in zone one (Mystics country) with the largest zone from the Bombay Hills to Cape Reinga. Zone one will sit with 32% of the population of netball.
For NNH it will mean that our representative campaign from 2013 will be significantly larger with the centre adding both an Under 19 age group plus a National Championship team – currently known as NPC.
We don’t envisage any difficulty fielding either of these teams as the majority of the current regional representation comes from Harbour. This will mean excellent exposure for our players.
Coaching positions for all representative teams will be advertised shortly and we will be looking to fill these positions by November. Keep watching our website for details.

by Adele Lendich