The Jamaica Netball Association has announced a new sponsorship agreement with Supreme Ventures Ltd (SVL), which has provided J$3 million (approx. $31,000US) to assist with staging the upcoming three match test series between the Sunshine Girls and world number three side England, which will take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre from 3-6 April.
In Wales, netball played a significant role in the opening of a new £2m sports facility at Cardiff City Football Club, the House of Sport. Over 200 players from the surrounding Glamorgan Valley region competed in 18 matches in the venue’s inaugural event, and the U13 and U15 leagues from the region will continue to use the facility to host its leagues and finals – a new permanent home for the competition.
England Netball has announced the creation of three Intensive Netball Training Centres (INTCs) across the country. As part of the governing body’s stated goal of lifting the world championship title by 2019, the three centres – at Brunel University, Bath University and an independent location in Manchester – will provide high intensity programmes of regular, coached training for elite players with supervised strength and conditioning work, alongside on-site physiotherapy, performance lifestyle and medical services.
Some familiar international stars returned to the court this week as preparations continued for the 2013 ANZ Championships season. Former Silver Ferns Adine Wilson, Angela Mitchell, Tania Dalton and Jenny-May Coffin were part of a Legends team which took part in a pre-season warm up game against the Southern Steel. Despite leading the young ANZ side for the first ten minutes, the Legends were eventually made to pay by a fitter, faster and better drilled side, with the Steel emerging winners 71-42 in front of a crowd of more than 800 spectators.
Meanwhile, confusion about broadcasting rights to the ANZ Championships in Australia is now at an end, with the announcement of the most comprehensive broadcasting deal in the history of netball which has secured free-to-air and pay television coverage across the country for the first time. All 69 regular season and finals games of the 2013 competition will be shown live on Fox Sports, while SBS Two will show Sunday night’s match of the round live simultaneously with Fox. SBS also has the rights to finals games as part of a two year deal. Fox and SBS will also broadcast Australian Diamonds games. Sky has already been confirmed as broadcast partner for the competition in New Zealand.
Junior netball is thriving in Bermuda, as indicated by an impressive turn out for the island’s Netball Association U12 and U15 Double Elimination tournament last weekend. The Netts Whites completed the U12 competition undefeated, taking the title over North Village Lady Rams 5-4. The U15 tournament was won by Young Men Social Club Bluebird Younguns, who beat Netts White 7-4 in the final.
photos Janos Schmidt