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Netball - 16. January 2015.

Netball News from around the World By Reporter Rona Hunnisett

Jamaica's Sunshine Girls put in a high intensity last quarter to take the third test against England in Kingston, and with it the series between the two 2-1. With the teams level at 37 all at three quarter time, it was the home team which came out firing in the final fifteen minutes, with Jhaniele Fowler Reid in devastating form at GS to net 28 goals and combine well with the impressive Shanice Beckford at GA. Jamaica took the first test between the two 56-47 before England stormed back to take game two 55-47: the next encounter between the two sides will be at the World Cup in Sydney.

New Zealand's selectors have surprised a few observers with the squad named for the upcoming Oceania Netball Series against Fiji and Samoa. Shooter Maria Tutaia returns to the line up, after missing the recent internationals against England and Australia with a foot injury sustained at the Commonwealth Games. Midcourters Shannon Francois and Milly Lees and shooter Ellen Halpenny return to the match squad, while Cathrine Latu, Liana Leota, and Ameliaranne Wells have been omitted from the line up. Laura Langman will captain the side in place of Casey Kopua, who is continuing her rehabilitation from a serious knee injury suffered when playing against Australia last year.

Netball South Africa has announced the appointment of Benny Saayman as Head Coach of the SPAR Protea team, replacing Elize Kotze, who resigned last week for personal reasons. Ms Saayman coached the Western Sting to the title in the second division of the Brutal Fruit Netball Cup in 2014. She will be assisted by two former Proteas captains, Dr Elsje Jordaan and Martha Mosoahle, who will be working with her as the side prepares for the Netball World Cup in Sydney.

The Pakistan Netball Association has announced a packed programme of events for 2015 designed to increase participation and encourage improved playing standards at both local and international levels. The Karachi Girls Netball Cup has been scheduled for 12-15 February in Karachi, while the 14th National Championships will take place in Lahore from 25-28 February. Independence Day matches will take place nationwide on 14 August while the National Junior Girls Cup competition will be played from 5-8 October in Islamabad.

Uganda's national netball captain, Peace Proscovia, has been nominated for the Nile Special/Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Sports Personality of the Year award for 2014. Proscovia, who is set to become the first Ugandan international to play in the UK's Netball Superleague later this year, helped her country quality for the World Cup in Sydney later in the year, as well as representing NIC club, and finding the time to represent UCU in womens' basketball. Other nominees for the individual award are: Clare Lamono (basketball), Moses Ipsiro (athletics) and Yunusu Ssentamu (football). The She Cranes star could find it cause for a double celebration, as the Ugandan national team has also been nominated as Team of the Year, where they will compete against the country's cricket side and Vision Volleyball, which recently won the national league.

Netball Australia has announced an exciting new partnership with international sporting apparel brand BLK, which will see the company provide the Diamonds with high performance on- and off-court apparel for the next four years. In addition, BLK will dress all of Australia's national age group teams, from 17/u upwards.

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