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Netball - 21. October 2012.

Netball News from around the World by Rona Hunnisett


The inaugural international tri-series between the Cook Islands, Wales and Scotland was completed this week in Rarotonga, with Wales emerging undefeated after five days of competition.  The Welsh side defeated the host nation 71-20 and 65-29, before beating Celtic rivals Scotland 48-34.  However, the Cook Islands showed the benefits that four close matches could impart to their playing standards, overturning a 55-25 scoreline in the first match against Scotland to take the second test 36-34 in thrilling style.  Key to the Pacific Islanders' success was a stunning display of shooting by Elena Malacia, who netted 27 goals from 29 attempts, despite the close attentions of the Scottish defence.  Following the success of the tournament, the Cook Islands Netball Association is hopeful of making the Tri Series a regular fixture in its competitive calendar.  The captains and vice captains for the three sides are pictured at a lunch reception hosted by the Cook Islands Prime Minister, the Hon. Henry Puna, before the first game.


Habib Girls School and the City School PAF Chapter took the junior and senior titles respectively in the finals of the Karachi Girls Netball Championships 2012.  Habib Girls School defeated The City School PAF Chapter's junior side 7-5 in their final, but the City senior squad was victorious in the older age group, defeating Trinity Girls College 10-6 in the final.

The Jamaica Netball Assocation (JNA) has announced plans for national head coach Oberon Pitterson-Nattie to stay in New Zealand for a month of intensive training, following the conclusion of the Fast5 Netball World Series 2012 in November.  Pitterson-Nattie will be the guest of Sheryl Dawson, former IFNA President and CEO of the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, and will work with Magic head coach Noelene Taurua during her stay, which is part of the JNA programme of development for its national head coaches.

Constellation Cup champions New Zealand and reigning world champions Australia remain unbeaten after two rounds of the Australian leg of the 2012 Quad Series, played in Australia.  The Diamonds were too strong for South Africa, defeating them 63-31 in Newcastle, after overcoming England 64-40 in Adelaide.  Meanwhile, the Silver Ferns were too strong for the Proteas, beating them 63-37, and withstood a spirited last quarter attack from the English, to emerge 61-43 winners.  The final round of the Australian section of the series will be played in Sydney, before the teams move on to New Zealand to continue the competition.

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