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Netball News from around the globe by Rona Hunnisett
Netball Singapore has secured a partnership with Sportfive International, a sports marketing agency, which covers the host production and global distribution rights for TV coverage of the Netball Nations Cup, which gets under way on 1 December. The agency will produce live coverage of all matches played on finals day, 7 December, as well as a 30 minute highlights programme. The content will be available internationally for distribution on all forms of broadcasting platforms, and content has already been distributed to media outlets in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
178 teams took part in Malaysia’s USM-Penang International Netball Carnival this week, with competitions in nine age group categories. The event, which was recognised by the Malaysia Book of records as the largest netball participation event in the country, featured competitions from U12 to Open age groups, with Johor’s Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School emerging as the Girls’ Under-18 champions (pictured), defeating reigning champions Bukit Jalil Sports School 10-7 in the final.
England international Serena Guthrie has been named as captain of reigning champions Team Bath’s squad for the 2014 UK Netball Superleague. 23 year old Guthrie will be supported by her England colleague Stacey Francis as vice captain. Former Wales and TeamBath captain Ursula “Billy” Bowers rejoins the squad, while Kiwi defender Jenna Murie moves to Bath from Celtic Dragons. TeamBath is the most successful franchise in the competition’s history, having won the title five times from eight attempts: the 2014 competition starts in January.
Netball Jamaica has set the 2015 World Championships as the target for the nation to become the leading netball nation in the world, following the announcement of the organisation’s new campaign entitled “Gold Rush Down Under”. The mission, vision and value statements will be used to create and implement a new structure and operational programme which will help the country’s netballers to develop and improve their world rankings.
New Zealand midcourter Laura Langman has been named the world’s best netballer, ahead of England’s Geva Mentor and Australia’s Natalie Medhurst in a poll of independent experts conducted by the Guardian newspaper. The panel was invited to assess players’ performances over the past two years to compile the list, which can be viewed here: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/nov/28/the-worlds-10-best-netballers
Picture shows the winning team from Malaysia’s Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School, after this week’s USM-Penang International Netball Carnival U18 Final.
Nearly 40% of parents of girls report their daughters being inspired to take up a sport after watching professionals in action.