Netball

Central Pulse and coach Gail Parata part ways after one season in charge

Two-time defending ANZ Premiership netball champions the Central Pulse are on the lookout for a new coach, after parting ways with Gail Parata. The one-test Silver Fern will leave the Wellington-based franchise after just one season at the helm, due to mutual agreement, the Pulse said in a statement on Tuesday. Parata’s comments suggested frustration...

Silver Fern Maia Wilson chases self-acceptance

Silver Fern Maia Wilson has spent her career battling with her body image and has learnt this week she is not alone. The top goal shooter took to social media to share her journey from being a teenage netball player told she needed to lose weight – to eight years later taking her pursuit of...

New data highlights changing face of netball in NZ

New participation data from the country’s oldest and largest netball centre has given some insights into who’s playing the sport at grassroots level and how that’s changing. The Auckland Netball Centre is one of the first centres to move to a new member management system, which Netball New Zealand is trying to implement across Aotearoa....

Spark Arena to hold ANZ Premiership grand final

Netball New Zealand have confirmed the ANZ Premiership grand final will be played at Spark Arena in Auckland on Sunday August 8. The season decider is part of the competition’s finals series which sees the second and third placed teams face off in the elimination final, with the winner meeting the minor premiers in the...

Euro 2020: Denmark delighted after beating Czech Republic to make semifinals

Denmark still have a shot at winning their first European Championships title since 1992 after a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over the Czech Republic. The Danes led 2-0 at halftime after a fifth-minute header from Thomas Delaney and a well-worked goal to Kasper Dolberg – his third of the tournament – three minutes before the interval...

A look back at Master Moape’s legacy

Master Moape Ravudolo was an inspiration to many- his students, teacher colleagues, and netball and volleyball players, technical officials, umpires and coaches. He left a legacy that will be hard to fill. He contributed immensely as a teacher, umpire, player and coach during his sporting career. Last year, Master Moape celebrated his 50th birthday. He...

Will he stay or will he go? Lionel Messi’s future up in air as Barcelona contract ends

Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona came to an end on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) with no news from the player or the club about his future. The expectation is that the 34-year-old Messi, who is playing with Argentina at the Copa America, will stay at the Catalan club. He reportedly had been close to reaching a...

Olympian called on to drive Magic recruitment

One third of ANZ Premiership teams require the assistance of Netball New Zealand to keep the elite game going in their region and the national body isn’t ruling out needing to step in again. In the last 10 months Netball New Zealand (NNZ) has twice been called on to help ANZ Premiership teams improve their...

Mystics take step towards finals with impressive win

The Blues might not be the only under-achieving Auckland sports team celebrating a title this season. Netball’s Mystics took another step towards securing an ANZ Premiership finals berth with a polished 64-51 win over the Central Pulse at Auckland’s Trusts Stadium on Sunday. This was the Mystics’ fourth win in their last five games and...

Mystics humble defending champs

The Northern Mystics are keeping pace with the top of the table Stars in the ANZ Premiership. The Mystics have blown away the Central Pulse 64-51 in Auckland to sit just a point behind their cross-town rivals two thirds of the way through the regular season. It is the Pulse’s heaviest defeat of the season...

Competition leaders outlast Steel

The Stars have extended their lead atop the ANZ Premiership after eventually overcoming the Southern Steel in Dunedin. The Auckland outfit have beaten the Steel 53-43, pulling away 17-9 in the final quarter. The Stars are now four points clear of their cross-town rivals, the Northern Mystics, who host the defending champion Central Pulse on...

Waiting game for start of World Test Championship final

After a first day washout, the wait goes on for the start of the ICC World Test Championship Final, but the India team named will be ready for any conditions. That is the view of India fielding coach R Sridhar, who does not expect any changes to the eleven players named for the game in...

Steel stay third after win over Tactix

The Southern Steel beat the Tactix 47-45 in the battle of the mid-table teams in the ANZ netball Premiership. Also the Northern Mystics cemented second spot with a 68-63 win over the bottom placed Magic. The Steel completed a dramatic late come-from-behind rally to clinch the points and remain third in the standings three points...

Players join netball program

The NEWWORLD IGA Suva Netball Association has sent in two of its players for the PacificAus Sports program in Australia. National player Matila Vocea of the Lomaiviti Netball Club and Ema Mualuvu of the Tagimoucia Sports Club. This program will allow the two players to travel to Australia and play for the Northern Mendi Rays...

Mystics upset Stars in top of the table clash

Talk about delivering a title statement. The Northern Mystics held off a fast-finishing Stars side to triumph 63-60 in the ANZ Premiership’s top of the table all-Auckland duel at Trusts Arena on Sunday. With starting midcourters Tayla Earle and Fa’amu Ioane both out, it was some performance from the Mystics, who bounced back from a...

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