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Netball - 29. March 2008.

ANZ Championship - Netball, like you have never seen it!

The world’s leading netball nations - Australia and New Zealand - are partnering the revolutionary and dynamic 10-team competition that will showcase the best talent from both countries along with a dash of international flair - it’s Netball like you have never seen it!


The new era of the game will be stronger, faster and more demanding than ever before.

“The intense rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is certain to spill over on court as the teams duel throughout the season,” Chair of the ANZ Championship Board, Noeleen Dix said.

“With only five teams from each nation in action, only the most talented and skillful of our athletes will take the court.”

The inaugural season kicks off on Saturday April 5 in Wellington, New Zealand when Central Pulse takes on the Melbourne Vixens captained by Australian star Sharelle McMahon.

Australia hosts its first duel of the ANZ Championship when the Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever clash in Brisbane on Sunday April 6.

The opening round climaxes when NSW Swifts take on Southern Steel at Acer Arena, Sydney in the first of netball’s Monday night clashes.

And in another exciting initiative, Fox Sports in Australia and Sky Sport in New Zealand will televise all 69 games, allowing fans across the county to watch the sport like never before.

With the support of the competition sponsor, ANZ, netball has been lifted to semi-professional status and ANZ Managing Director, Banking products, Mr John Harries believes the ANZ Championship is a great fit for ANZ with its strong Australia and New Zealand ties.

“ANZ is committed to seeing the ANZ Championship grow into the leading female international sports competition in Australia. Everyone at ANZ, in our branches and offices, will be playing their part to promote the ANZ Championship throughout each season," Mr Harries said.

The historic first pass will be at 2:40pm in New Zealand on Saturday April 5; don’t miss a minute of the action!

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