Wednesday, 12 January 2011
Netball around the World
Three players who narrowly missed out on Commonwealth Games selection have been named in the Australian squad to face Jamaica in a three match test series later this month. Kate Beveridge, Madison Browne and Amy Steel were overlooked for a spot in the Diamonds team which lost the thrilling Commonwealth Games final in double overtime, but have forced their way into the touring team as competition heats up for places in Australia's World Championships line up. The full Australian squad to face Jamaica is: Kate Beveridge, Madison Browne, Rebecca Bulley, Cath Cox, Susan Fuhrmann, Laura Geitz, Kimberlee Green, Sharelle McMahon (capt), Natalie Medhurst, Lauren Nourse, Amy Steel, Natalie von Bertouch (vice capt). The test matches will be played at Kingston's National Indoor Sports Centre on 12, 14 and 16 January.
Meanwhile the Silver Ferns are preparing to travel to England for a three Test Match Series, the first match is this Saturday the 15th in Manchester followed by Nottingham on the 17th and concluding at the O2 Arena in London on the 19th.
Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams (pictured above with the World Netball Series Trophy) has been nominated as Sportswoman of the Year at New Zealand's Westpac Halberg 2010 Awards, which recogise outstanding performances by the country's athletes in domestic and international competitions. Williams, who captained her side to its dramatic double overtime victory in the Commonwealth Games final in Delhi, will learn whether she has been successful against the other four finalists at a glittering ceremony to be held in February 2011.
Fiji received a boost this week with the news that Mere Rabuka, national captain at the last world championships in Auckland, has made herself available for selection for the 2011 competition. Rabuka, who played at the 2003 and 2007 championships, is currently studying at Sydney University and confirmed that she will be attending Fiji's national squad trials at the end of January.
Congratulations to Ugandan club team NIC which is one of three sides nominated in the newly introduced Team of the Year category at the country's prestigious Sports Personality of the Year awards. NIC, which dominated competitions across the country over the past year, is nominated for the award alongside Premier Cricket Club, basketball league champions Power and Mariam High School's badminton team. A date for the presentation will be confirmed shortly.
One of Malawi's top domestic teams, Escom Sisters, received unwelcome news this week with the announcement that the Electricity Supply Company of Malawi is to withdraw its sponsorship of the team, as well as its involvement with the country's leading football side, Escom United FC. Despite Escom Sisters winning all of the domestic competitions open to them this season, the decision was reached following an instruction from the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority to curtail all sports sponsorship. The Sisters are now seeking alternative sponsorship from other sources.