AMI NORTH HARBOUR NETBALL: News
Season In Swing, Netballing Numbers Grow
Our major court refurbishment is complete and our courts have never looked better. Summer leagues have finished, grading has concluded for the senior teams and winter netball is now officially underway.
It is always a challenge for our schools when players need to be trialled and teams selected by the end of term one. Particularly when some summer sports haven’t quite finished. Our seniors commenced grading the first week in April, our premier grades commenced mid-April. Super 12 was by then into its third week of play. All other grades officially start on 7th May.
Netball continues to grow. Our team numbers have increased this year by 41 teams giving us approximately 730 teams for our winter season alone. Our new junior ‘netties’ competition, to be played at the Westlake Girls high school courts, has surpassed all expectation which is fantastic. Over 530 young players will play in this new Saturday competition, as well as the thousands playing at the Onewa Courts every Saturday. Many thanks to Smales Farm who has agreed to provide us with much needed extra car parks. And, as always, our fabulous Maori Wardens will be patrolling and monitoring our own car park for the entire season.
One of the exciting things for us this year will be that we will have a NPC team for the first time in 12 years. This has come about due to the restructure of netball across NZ. With the dissolution of the regions last year, all NPC teams will now be centre-based. This is a great opportunity for our players to play and be seen at the highest level. Yvonne Willering has been appointed head coach for the season. Sponsorship is still available for this team, so if any North Shore business is interested in getting involved with the cream of netball, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. We expect some very good visibility nationally for this competition.
By Adele Lendich, CEO
of North Harbour Netball.