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Netball - 12. April 2013.

Netball News from around the globe by Rona Hunnisett

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The draw for the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships was undertaken yesterday (11 April) in Glasgow in front of INF President Molly Rhone.  The 20 competing teams have been allocated into four round robin groups for the preliminary rounds of the competition, with holders Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica and England named as the seeded teams.  The allocations for the group stages of the competition are:

Group A:   Australia, Fiji, Israel, Namibia, South Africa
Group B:  New Zealand, Bermuda, Malta, Northern Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago
Group C:  Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Scotland, Samoa, Wales
Group D:  England, Barbados, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Ireland, Singapore

For more information about the competition, which gets under way in Glasgow on 22 August 2013, including match scheduling and ticket information, please visit www.worldyouthnetball.com.  

Netball South Africa this week named its initial squad of 15 players for the World Youth Championships.  The squad will take part in an U21 tri-nations tournament during May, before competing in South Africa's new Diamond League competition in August, which follows the country's national championships and will also play   The players selected for the South Africa long squad are:  Fortunate Bagula, Melanie von Gunten, Mari-Lena Jourbert, Nonthutuko Khomo,   Zandre Kruger, Rochelle Lawson, Izette Lubbe, Shadine van der Merwe,  Bhongolethu Ngubeni, Nobubele Phuza, Deancke Rohde, Juline Rossouw, Simphiwe Sithebe, Fifi Tsotetsi, Danielle Willemse.

At senior level, England completed a clean sweep against Jamaica's Sunshine Girls, with a 50-36 win in the third test between the two sides played in Kingston.  Tireless defensive work by Stacey Francis and some impressive midcourt play by Mia Ritchie allowed England to pull away from the home team in the second half, having led by only six goals at half time (26-20).  

Play is now under way in Samoa's Reckitt Benckiser Business House mixed netball league, after the competition's start was delayed by the lack of a suitable venue.  However,  a new home was found at the country's NUS Gym, and although as a result, only 20 teams could be accepted for the tournament, the event will still fun for the next five weeks.  Teams have been divided into two pools - one for more serious players and others for social sides.  For more information, please visit the Netball Samoa website www.netballsamoa.com.  

Potential Silver Ferns of the future received their first call up for international honours this week, when Netball New Zealand named the 12 girls selected in the 2013 NZ Secondary Schools (NZSS) team, which will represent the country at the Trans-Tasman Secondary Schools Tournament at the end of May.  The competition, which is based in New Zealand and Australia in alternate years, will this year be played in Rotorua from 27-30 May, and will feature sides from School Sport Australia, Indigenous School Sport Australia, Bukit Jalil Sport School Malaysia, Samoa, Fiji, Aotearoa Maori Pacifika, Pacific Rim and New Zealand Area Schools.  For more information, please visit www.mynetball.co.nz.  

Looking to the future, Netball New Zealand has announced the appointment of highly experienced Netball administrator and coach Adrienne Morrin to the newly created role of National Community Coaching Manager as part of the Community Netball Team.
Adrienne will be responsible for the further development of Community Coaching throughout New Zealand and will be based in Auckland. She has been part of the CoachForce team since its inception in 2004 and was promoted to CoachForce Manager in 2010. This new national role has full responsibility for the CoachForce Team and Coach Development within community netball. Adrienne has been the Head Coach of the New Zealand Secondary School team, is a ‘carded’ coach with High Performance Sport New Zealand and is currently the New Zealand U21 Assistant Coach. Adrienne takes up her new position on April 22.

Netball in Fiji received a major boost this week, with the news that the Suva Primary Netball competition has received an increased sponsorship contribution of F$7,000 to assist with running costs for the weekly league in 2013.  20 primary schools have registered to take part in this year's tournament, which has provided the first competitive opportunity to national players Unaisi Rauluni, Lusi Robanakadavu, Unaisi Rokoura and Silisia Sevutia in recent years.

Finally, congratulations to Welsh netballer Nia Jones, who has been shortlisted this week in the Sporting Wales and UWIC Rising Star award, after being named as a monthly winner earlier this year.  21 year old Jones, who is an international in both netball and N
football, has been named in the Welsh squad for the upcoming World Youth Championships in Glasgow, and recently travelled to the Cook Islands with the Wales senior team to take part in the Pacific Tri-Nations competition.
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