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Netball News from around the globe by Rona Hunnisett
Netball Australia has announced a new commercial partnership, with Coles becoming the official supermarket sponsor of Netball Australia’s Schools Programme, and naming rights partner for the upcoming domestic test series, which includes three tests against the Silver Ferns and two against the Malawi Queens. The Coles Netball Schools Programme encourages teachers, principals and sports co-ordinators to become schools ambassadors to ensure netball has a continuous presence in schools. The partnership will see Australian Diamonds Madison Browne, Kim Green, Demelza McCloud and Natalie Medhurst visit schools as ambassadors.
England completed a 3-0 series win over South Africa with a 53-41 win over the Proteas in the third match between the two, played at the University of Worcester. The South Africans will have the chance to take their revenge on home soil at the end of the month, when England travel to the Southern Hemisphere for a tri-series against the Proteas and Trinidad.
Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu has called up Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit as defensive cover for the Constellation Cup series against Australia, which restarts again this evening, after Leana de Bruin injured her right calf muscle during an intra-squad training match.
The Jamaica Netball Association has included five U21 squad members in the Sunshine Girls side to compete at the 2013 Fast5 World Series, to be played in Auckland from 8-10 November. Shanice Beckford, Thristina Harwood, Shamera Sterling, Khadijah Williams and Vangelee Williams are called up to the senior ranks, where they will be joined by Jhaniele Fowler, Paula Thompson and Venessa Walker. The side will be co-captained by Romelda Aiken and Malysha Kelly.
Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are creating a special opportunity for sports fans who did not secure any Games tickets in the application phase to buy tickets in an exclusive on-sale window. Before tickets go on general public sale, there will be an exclusive opportunity for all existing ticketing applicants to purchase any remaining public tickets. All tickets will be immediately available for sale on a first-come, first served basis, from 21 October, on the official Glasgow 2014 Ticketing website https://tickets.glasgow2014.com – tickets for the netball competition are very much in demand so apply early!
In domestic competition, Otago A retained New Zealand’s Lion Foundation National Netball championships title this week, defeating Hamilton 54-53 in a thrilling grand final. The tournament has been running since 1926, with twelve regional teams competing over five days.
UK Superleague side Northern Thunder has strengthened its coaching line up with the appointment of former England international and Northern Thunder captain Karen Greig to work alongside head coach Tracey Neville. Greig captained Thunder to the Superleague title in 2011 and has been working as a Performance Pathway Coach for England Netball. They will be joined on the Thunder coaching roster by Paul Harper, who becomes Head of Excellence – working with both the Superleague and Performance league squads, and current Netball Performance League coach Lucia Sdao. The former international, with 111 international caps to her name, is to work with the Superleague squad as a specialist centre court coach.
Finally, world netball’s biggest participation event, the 16th Golden Oldies Netball Festival, will be held in Hobart, Tasmania from 1-8 November 2015. More than 800 players from around 70 teams are expected to attend the week-long festival, together with family and friends. The Golden Oldies Netball Festivals have been held biennially since 1984 in Auckland, Vancouver, Brisbane, Christchurch, Rarotonga, Singapore, Fiji, Adelaide, Honolulu, Gold Coast, Perth, Queenstown, Nadi and the 2013 competition is about to start in the Californian city of San Diego.
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