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Netball News from around the globe by Rona Hunnisett
In India, the GOAL programme - which provides social and health education for youn g girls, alongside netball coaching and playing opportunities - continues to go from strength to strength.
With support from the Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) and National Games organising committee, NAZ India Goal recently organised a netball introduction and coaching camp at the Mannacaud Girls High School, which was attended by 40 U17 year olds. In addition to on-court skills, the participants received tuition in health and education, verbal and non-verbal communication and confidence building. GOAL will be involved in a number of activities across India in the coming months: find out more by visiting
www.facebook.com/goalgirlsindia.netball. The NAZ Foundation has been in charge of implementing the GOAL project since 2006.
New Zealand and Jamaica have completed their preparations for the upcoming tri-series against England with victories over other home nations Wales and Scotland. Wales gave the Sunshine Girls a stern challenge, but inspired by a strong defensive performance from U21 star Stacian Facey, the Jamaican seem emerged 60-25 winners.
The Silver Ferns took the first match against the Scottish Thistles 72-18 with all of the touring party taking to the court except captain Casey Kopua and Bailey Mes, both of whom are on restricted programmes as they recover from injury. However, in the second warm up game, the Ferns faced a Scottish side inspired by some tough talking by coach Gail Parata, and although the Kiwis emerged 63-26 victors, the match was more evenly contested with better ball movement by the Scots through the court and more clinical finishing. The Tri-Series gets under way this evening (17 January) when New Zealand faces Jamaica. England faces New Zealand on Monday, before the competition wraps up with an England v Jamaica contest on 21 January.
As preparations for the 2014 ANZ Championships season get under way, West Coast Fever's squad has travelled to Singapore for a three day training camp. Under the leadership of new captain Natalie Medhurst, the Fever will play an exhibition match against Singapore's development squad, as well as training with the country's national squad and conducting coaching clinics in schools.
In Zimbabwe, play offs for the 20 team national league competition will take place on 25 January, to identify the four teams to be promoted into the league. Four sides - City of Harare, Chinhoyi University, Harare Central Police and SRP Bulawayo - were relegated in 2013. League winners from each province across the country will take part in the play offs, ahead of the 2014 league which begins in early March.
Congratulations to Uganda's She Cranes, who were named the country's sports personality team of the month for December 2013, after winning the Nations Cup in Singapore at their first attempt. The SheCranes were presented with their trophy and 500,000UGX (approx $200US) at a special dinner which brought together journalists from the country's print and electronic media.