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Netball - 15. March 2013.

Netball celebrates International Women's Day by Ron Hunnisett

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To celebrate International Womens’ Day, charitable organisation Mama Hope has produced an inspirational video about the women of Chiga village in Kenya and their love of netball.  Mama Hope has been working with the group for a number of years, as part of the organisation’s Stop the Pity campaign, which focuses on the positive changes happening in Africa at the moment.  The ladies of Chiga practice up to four times a week and often walk four miles to matches, but use netball to connect with others in their communities, coming together with a shared purpose.  Watch the video here:


England Netball’s head coach Anna Mayes is one of ten high performance coaches from across the UK selected for UK Sport’s World Class Coaching Elite Programme.  The coaches have been chosen due to their proven ability to deliver success at the highest level within the British high performance programme and will benefit from a groundbreaking three year development programme with accesses to the latest technology, coaching expertise and mentoring.  Meanwhile, England’s U17 squad retained the Netball Europe title, remaining undefeated throughout the competition in Malta  last weekend.

In the UK’s Netball Superleague, Surrey Storm bounced back from the side’s first loss of the season (to Yorkshire Jets) with a dominant 62-44 win over reigning champions Manchester Thunder.  The two sides were tied at 23 all at the end of the first half, but a dominant third quarter in which the Surrey side outscored their rivals 19-9 created an unassailable lead for the 2012 runners up.  In other fixtures played this week, Mavericks beat Loughborough Lightning 55-45, TeamBath defeated Team Northumbria 61-35 and Yorkshire Jets failed to build on their first win of the season last week, going down 66-57 to Celtic Dragons.

With the start of the 2013 ANZ Championships only weeks away, the Northern Mystics have signed Hayley Saunders for the upcoming season after losing both Anna Harrison (pregnant) and Charlotte Kight (injury) before the start of the 2013 season.  The former New Zealand U21 and Fastnet Ferns international, who plays at either centre or wing defence, previously played for the Southern Steel from 2010 to 2012 and had been in talks with the Canterbury Tactix about a possible move there, before signing the agreement with the Mystics.

The Pakistan Netball Association has confirmed that the country’s National Beach Netball championships will be played from 19 April in Karachi.  PNA will organise the tournament in association with the Sindh Netball Association which will feature 34 mens’ and womens’ teams.
In Barbados, more than 70 teams from 32 clubs are registered for this year’s Barbados Netball Association (BNA) season, which starts this weekend.  In addition to an opening ceremony and prize giving for the 2012 season, the first day of the competition will also see Barbados’ U16 team, the current Caribbean champions, in action in an exhibition match.  

Meanwhile, in Fiji, four teams are unbeaten after two rounds of the competition, with ATH, Digicel, Education and Fiji Sports Council tied at the top of the league table, which includes 20 teams.  

In Zimbabwe’s major pre-season club tournament, Nehanda Nyakasikana got their year off to the best possible start, defeating Harare District 8-5 to retain the ZINA title.  The champions finished the tournament with a perfect 100% win record, and lifted the trophy once more, along with prize money of $US 500.  Across Africa, Namibia’s national club championship title has been won by Wanderers, who beat United 38-30 to take the crown for the third year in succession.  
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