England shooter Jo Harten, who achieved her 50th international cap in the recent series against South Africa, has withdrawn through injury from the England squads to face the Proteas in a return series later this month, as well as from the Fast Five Championships to be held in Auckland in November. Her place in the squad has been taken by TeamBath’s Serena Guthrie: her replacement as captain for the Fast 5 tournament will be named shortly.
Australia has taken an unassailable lead in the Constellation Cup series for 2013, defeating New Zealand 52-47 in a fiercely contested, physical encounter in Melbourne. With the Diamonds now 3-1 up, the fifth and final test of this year’s competition will be played in Canberra on Sunday.
Kiwi Marg Foster has been named as the new coach of the Loughborough Lightning franchise in the UK’s Netball Superleague. Foster, who has previously coached the Cook Islands, coached Canterbury Flames in the New Zealand NPC and acted as assistant coach for the Southern Steel and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the ANZ Championships, has always been passionate about coaching overseas, and has made it a priority since beating cancer four years ago.
Triumph, the lingerie brand, has signed a sponsorship deal with Netball SA to provide high performance apparel to the SPAR Proteas side. The product sponsorship of the SPAR Proteas Side is a first for Triumph SA. The endorsement is one of a number that Netball SA has secured over the past year including agreements with Mitre, Tsogo Sun, Fiat and SPAR as netball’s profile continues to rise across the country.
The All Namibia Netball Association (ANNA) has announced it is to meet to discuss a new date for the postponed Tri-Nations tournament which was cancelled last year due to lack of funds. Nations who have indicated they would be interested in taking part include Botswana, Singapore and Zimbabwe, and is keen to set a new date for the competition, as well as establishing clear procedures to enable the country to compete more regularly at an international level in the future.
16 teams from across New Zealand are currently taking part in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships finals, which are being played in Auckland. More than 2,500 players from 252 schools competed in three regional tournaments for the right to contest the championships.