Archive | April, 2016

Sonix eyeing off another NZ Clean Sweep

21 Apr

The last time Australian Sonix teams toured New Zealand (2012), they brought home the Trans-Tasman silverware, with a perfect undefeated campaign.

Three Australian teams head to Wellington in October for a week of international netball.  On the line at the Te Rauparaha Arena, October 16-22, will be the Trans-Tasman Cups.  Both the Sonix Open Men’s and the Australian 23&Under Men’s teams will be looking to maintain their stranglehold over the New Zealanders, whilst the Sonix Mixed team will be seeking redemption for their narrow trans-tasman loss during the 2014 series in Sydney.

Sonix Senior Squad Oct 2016

Senior Umps 2016

Aussie Young Guns – “bring on the kiwis”

14 Apr

Junior Umps 2016Part of the success of the recent 2016 Australian Championships has been the ability of AMMNA to select some incredibly talented Australian teams.  Under age selectors were thrilled with the choices presented to them throughout the long week of tournament play.

In September, AMMNA will continue its program of sending the Australian 17’s & 20’s to the New Zealand Men’s Netball National Championships.  The AMMNA teams participate as guests of the tournament, with the Aus 17 & Under Boys playing in the 23 & Under Division, whilst the Aus 20 & Under Men play in the Open Men’s division.  AMMNA Domestic Director Karen Wild loves this junior program, “The event is a little bit different to our Championships. Matches are played over 10min quarters, and the teams participating are regional sides, allowing for participation from all over New Zealand, which is maybe something we could learn from”.

The Australian contingent will consist of around 30 players, coaches, managers, umpires and support staff.  The squad will head to Wellington, September 10-11 with the tournament scheduled for play, Monday September 12 – Sunday September 18.  All matches will be played at the new Walter Nash Centre in Lower Hutt.

Sonix Junior Squad Sept 2016

 

AMMNA’s Massive Grand Final Day

4 Apr

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WEB VIC OPEN MENWhat a day for Men’s & Mixed Netball in Australia on Saturday April 2nd.

Over 1400 people crammed into the State Basketball Centre to witness some of the highest quality netball in the world today.  Fans were treated to some willing contests in the preliminary finals, before the days feature contest, Queensland v Victoria to decide the WEB GEEL OPEN MXDpremier Men’s Netball state. The pro Victorian crowd filled the stadium with oohs and aahs and calls of “held” as they provided plenty of encouragement for the determined Vics.

The Victorian boys were backing up after a solid prelim final against New South Wales the previous evening, and must have WEB NSW 23'sbeen nervous having lost to Queensland in the qualifying final.

Grand Final day capped off what was an incredible week for Men’s netball.  The event had unprecedented public interest, with over 5,000 people attending over 7 days of incredible netball.

 

Qld upset Vics to go straight to Final

1 Apr

The Queensland Men have upset the previously undefeated Victorian’s, making way for an opportunity to become two time defending champions.

With scoring trends on the up for the entire event, the Vics were averaging 66 goals over the tournament.  Queensland pulled of strategic change, switching crowd favourite, Junior Levi from goal shooter to goal keeper, and the switch proved pivotal.  Previously averaging 66 goals across the tournament, the Vics could only manage 29 goals.

Victoria now go on to meet NSW in the Preliminary Final after NSW comfortably defeated South Australia 72-47.

Catch all the action of Victoria V New South Wales tonight – STATE BASKETBALL CENTRE, 291 George Street, Wantirna South – 7pm