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Netball - 20. February 2012.

International field set for the Connie Gough National Championships

With three weeks to go to the official pre-season tournament for the 2012 ANZ Championships, New Zealand side the Canterbury Tactix started their build up with winning performances at a mini-tournament in Lincoln last weekend.  Despite winning only one of their past 25 games, the Tactix remained undefeated during the competition, beating Southern Steel 56-46, Sydney club side Eastwood Ryde 70-33 and national champions Canterbury Men 54-51 and gave court time to

With three weeks to go to the official pre-season tournament for the 2012 ANZ Championships, New Zealand side the Canterbury Tactix started their build up with winning performances at a mini-tournament in Lincoln last weekend.  Despite winning only one of their past 25 games, the Tactix remained undefeated during the competition, beating Southern Steel 56-46, Sydney club side Eastwood Ryde 70-33 and national champions Canterbury Men 54-51 and gave court time to their full 12 player squad.  The ANZ pre-season tournament, featuring all ten teams in the competition, takes place in Tauranga in three week's time. 

Netball Australia is hosting its first ever three day national conference in Melbourne this week to discuss the strategic direction of netball across the country in the years to come.  The event, which involves every state and territory member organisation from across the country, has given  representatives from across Australia the chance to discuss ways that they can extend netball's reach and impact and increase participation nationwide.

 

Entries are now open for the USA Netball Association's National Championships, to be held in Delray Beach, Florida on 23 and 24 June 2012.  For more information and to enter a team, please visit: whttp://www.netballsuperleague.com/ww.usanetball.org/tournaments/annualnationalchampionships.aspx

 

Jamaica Netball Association president Marva Barnard has called on the country's government to provide financial assistance to the Association to enable them to improve playing facilities.  In an interview this week, Ms Barnard pointed out that the stands at the national Laila Robinson Stadium complex have not been renewed since 1970, while the playing surfaces are in need of urgent attention.  The Jamaica Netball Association is continuing its “star search” programme this weekend, to identify potential national squad members, and will be visiting leagues across the country, including St Elizabeth, Portland, St Catherine and Clarendon.

 

Northern Thunder has moved ahead of Surrey Storm on goal average at the top of the UK's Netball Superleague this week, with both teams still undefeated on four wins from four.  Thunder defeated Celtic Dragons 61-39 in the latest round of matches, while the Storm side was too strong for Yorkshire Jets, winning 57-39.  Reigning champions Hertfordshire Mavericks and Celtic Dragons are level in joint third place.

 

Finally, netballers in Bahrain have this week been put through their paces at a four day camp, run by English coaches Sue Wainwright and Gilly Salter.  In addition to preparing the DHL Bahrain squads for the forthcoming annual Intergulf Championships in Al Ain next month, the programme is also being used to raise money for a friend of Bahrain Netball, 22 year old Carly Taylor, who was seriously injured in a freak accident late last year.  Taylor, who played for Hucclecote NC in the 2008 and 2009 Intergulf tournaments, was paralysed from the neck down after breaking three vertebrae in a freak fall last November.  A special fund, The Carly Taylor Trust, and website:  www.carlytaylorfightingback.co.uk, have been set up to raise money for her ongoing treatment and recovery proramme.

 

their full 12 player squad.  The ANZ pre-season tournament, featuring all ten teams in the competition, takes place in Tauranga in three week's time. 

Netball Australia is hosting its first ever three day national conference in Melbourne this week to discuss the strategic direction of netball across the country in the years to come.  The event, which involves every state and territory member organisation from across the country, has given  representatives from across Australia the chance to discuss ways that they can extend netball's reach and impact and increase participation nationwide.

 

Entries are now open for the USA Netball Association's National Championships, to be held in Delray Beach, Florida on 23 and 24 June 2012.  For more information and to enter a team, please visit: whttp://www.netballsuperleague.com/ww.usanetball.org/tournaments/annualnationalchampionships.aspx

 

Jamaica Netball Association president Marva Barnard has called on the country's government to provide financial assistance to the Association to enable them to improve playing facilities.  In an interview this week, Ms Barnard pointed out that the stands at the national Laila Robinson Stadium complex have not been renewed since 1970, while the playing surfaces are in need of urgent attention.  The Jamaica Netball Association is continuing its “star search” programme this weekend, to identify potential national squad members, and will be visiting leagues across the country, including St Elizabeth, Portland, St Catherine and Clarendon.

 

Northern Thunder has moved ahead of Surrey Storm on goal average at the top of the UK's Netball Superleague this week, with both teams still undefeated on four wins from four.  Thunder defeated Celtic Dragons 61-39 in the latest round of matches, while the Storm side was too strong for Yorkshire Jets, winning 57-39.  Reigning champions Hertfordshire Mavericks and Celtic Dragons are level in joint third place.

 

Finally, netballers in Bahrain have this week been put through their paces at a four day camp, run by English coaches Sue Wainwright and Gilly Salter.  In addition to preparing the DHL Bahrain squads for the forthcoming annual Intergulf Championships in Al Ain next month, the programme is also being used to raise money for a friend of Bahrain Netball, 22 year old Carly Taylor, who was seriously injured in a freak accident late last year.  Taylor, who played for Hucclecote NC in the 2008 and 2009 Intergulf tournaments, was paralysed from the neck down after breaking three vertebrae in a freak fall last November.  A special fund, The Carly Taylor Trust, and website:  www.carlytaylorfightingback.co.uk, have been set up to raise money for her ongoing treatment and recovery proramme.

 

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