Friday, 11 February 2011

Netball Around the World

In Pakistan, the sixth session of the Australian Sport Commission (ASC) Netball Coaching, Development and Tournament Programme got under way in Karachi this week. (Picture above taken at the previous session) More than 400 players and more than 30 teachers and coaches from schools in the area will receive coaching and information about nutrition, fitness and health while the ASC and the Pakistan Netball Federation are also providing equipment and support materials to all those attending to ensure that access to netball continues to increase across the country. Congratulations to Trinity College, who defeated City School North Nazimabad in the week's tournament final.

With teams honing and refining their game plans ahead of this summer's World Championships, it has been announced that Jamaica will play two friendly training matches against local rivals Trinidad and Tobago in March, before hosting close rivals England in a three test series from 26-30 April. However, the Jamaican Netball Association has also announced that the island's U16 team will not compete in this year's Caribbean Youth Tournament, due to a lack of available resources.

Following the Netball World Championships, Australia will host England and New Zealand in a six match series to be held in October. The home side will face England in tests to be played in Newcastle, Canberra and Sydney, before taking on the Silver Ferns for the Constellation Cup in games to be staged in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton is set to make a shock return to elite netball this week, four years after announcing her international retirement. 39 year old Dalton, who gained 37 caps for New Zealand in a career which included the 1998 and 2002 Commonwealth Games and 1999 and 2003 World Championships, has been added to the roster for the Southern Steel as cover for the injured Daneka Wipiiti for the first round of matches in this year's ANZ Championships. The Steel travel to Auckland to face the Northern Mystics while reigning champions the Adelaide Thunderbirds feature in the other scheduled match this weekend, and will face former premiers the Sydney Swifts on Sunday (13 February).

Scotland's Netball Superleague franchise the Glasgow Wildcats received a major boost this week, with the announcement of a £195,000 development grant from the city council. 15 members of the franchise's line up and Scotland's squad live or play in or around the Glasgow area, and city councillors agreed the grant this week as part of the City's Sport Development Legacy Programme with the aim of developing elite players who will participate in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Congratulations to Jamalco, who once again lifted the JNBS/JNA Open league title after a 34-29 win over close rivals Tivoli Gardens in this week's final. Former international star Elaine Davis was once again in sparkling form, netting 29 goals from 34 attempts. Mico University College defeated West Indies Revolution “A” 28-26 in the second tier competition final.

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