Archive | March, 2017

Analyzing Men. Why Not? Says Sue Gaudion

24 Mar

You often hear her voice before you catch sight of her. She’s vivacious, intelligent, and humorous, and she knows her netball, because she’s pretty much done it all.

Sue-GaudionSue Gaudion has played, coached and umpired netball for most of her life. But you’d know, if you’ve watched netball on TV at any time in the past decade, that she now commentates. The voice and blinding blonde hair that once called the shots from the coaching bench, at the Perth Orioles, West Coast Fever, A.I.S and Australian 21U program, now holds court with a microphone in hand.

Sue calls a spade a spade, and she’d never ask you for forgiveness. Her analysis is succinct and spot on – a confidence that won’t lose its shine in what she will bring to the table as the lead commentator for the 2017 Australian Mens and Mixed Netball Association (AMMNA) Championships.

“I promise to bring my honest approach to commentary. No one is safe!” Sue said.

As the female arm of the sport enjoys yet another surge in popularity in Australia, on the back of the new Suncorp Super Netball competition, so is the men’s game. Every year over the past decade of the Australian Championships the amount of teams in the tournament has increased. This year a record 40 teams will take part, including new teams via the ACT Griffins and also some international flavour from across the ditch, with a junior side from New Zealand.

For the first time in the Championships’ 33-year history the event will be live streamed, and Sue arms didn’t require too much twisting to get her on board.

“Saying ‘Yes’ was pretty easy. The athleticism and speed of the game (will be what) excites me the most.”

For AMMNA, live streaming is a risk. A calculated risk. It’s also not cheap, but they are well aware it is a step in the right direction if men’s netball wants to be taken more seriously by a larger audience.

Streaming opens up the ability to showcase the best domestic competition of mens netball in the world to the world. It also provides another avenue for sponsorship and the ability to showcase the personalities of the players and coaches, something that isn’t lost on Sue.

Junior(web)“I have no doubt there will also be some great characters to embrace and highlight, and hopefully I can help contribute to raising their profiles and the Australian Championships in general.

The biggest difficulty for any sport is to raise profile and awareness. Live streaming the Australian Championship for the first time this year is not only an exciting opportunity, but a big step towards bringing greater awareness to the skill and high standard that mens netball offers.”

This years Australian Championships aren’t just a test for today, but a gauge for the future. At this stage there are plans for Australia to host an international mens and mixed tournament late next year, which will hopefully include teams from New Zealand, South Africa and Asia. The aim is for that series to be live streamed also.

By breaking new ground with this years’ broadcast, the stage for mens netball has never looked better. The streaming enables many more eyes to watch the product than ever before, but, peering into the future, the sky is the limit.

“It’s all about the vision, surrounding the sport with good people and then working hard on establishing the right networks. I hope in some small way, my involvement this year will contribute positively and introduce a new audience to the mens game. Anything is possible.” Sue said.

No doubt it will.

The live streaming will showcase 43 games, from all seven divisions, across four days. The 33rd AMMNA Australian Championships kick off on April 16 on the Gold Coast with live streaming coverage commencing April 19 and will include all finals.

Game Clothing sign on as Major Broadcast Partner

20 Mar

The Australian Mens and Mixed Netball Association (AMMNA) are proud to announce GAME Clothing as their Major Broadcast Sponsor for the 2017 Australian Championships.

For the first time in AMMNA’s 33-year history, the Championships will be available to watch around the world, with the final four days of competition to be streamed live from the Gold Coast.

GAME Clothing have created netball uniforms for 25 years and have a brilliant reputation for their high quality products. They are a proud, family-owned company producing amazing Australian made sportswear.

For AMMNA, the partnership is a perfect fit. AMMNA President, Grant Crocker was delighted with the announcement, “live streaming is a new and exciting development at our Championships and it’s great to see a longtime supporter, GAME Clothing, become our first major sponsor. To have a company that is as invested in netball as what we are, partnering us on this brave new journey, is tremendously comforting and exciting”.

Director of GAME Clothing, Garry Pashen, says the company has had a long affinity with netball and is thrilled to be on board.

“Netball has always been a big part of our history at GAME Clothing, and we have always taken pride in our involvement with the sport over many years. We love to see, and be part of, innovation within netball and we really believe that the live streaming of this years’ Australian Championships is an amazing opportunity to further showcase the sport.

We have been big supporters over the years, so we feel we can cater for the specific needs Sponsor Announce GAMEaof men’s and mixed teams and athletes. Some might see the sport as a hobby pursuit, but we know how hard the athletes train, and how professional the whole organisation is on and off the court.

I’ve personally seen the commitment that the athletes and volunteers put into these Championships each and every year. It’s definitely time that men’s and mixed netball got some much-needed attention, which is why GAME Clothing is keen to be associated with this live streaming event. We think this will be an amazing step forward for the sport.”

The 2017 Australian Championships will run from April 16-22 at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre in Carrara.

2017 AMMNA Committee nominations NOW OPEN

19 Mar
Nominations are now open for positions on the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association committee.
Applicants should have a passion for netball, and be committed to the growth of men’s netball in Australia.
We have a number of positions for which you can nominate.
Vice President – 2 year term
Secretary – 2 year term
International Director – 2 year term
Integrity Officer – 1 year term (non-executive role)
All nominees must get 2 members to endorse their nomination.
Please send nominations to the AMMNA Secretary –
Nominations close on Friday 7th April 2017.

AMMNA Reserves join Aus 17’s & Aus 20’s on New Zealand tour

1 Mar

AMMNA has added to its international program in 2017, with the announcement that it has accepted an invitation to add the AMMNA Reserves team to the squad heading to New Zealand for their 2017 National Championships.

AMMNA President, Grant Crocker, was excited with the announcement. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our young players in the reserves to experience this great game in a completely different environment.  Playing against the regional New Zealand sides will be fantastic for their development, and could be just the stimulus some players need to help them step up to their respective state open teams”.

junior-ausThe team will play in the NZ Open Age division, joining the Australian 20’s who have contested this division for the past two years.  Our Australian 17’s will again play in the 23 & Under Men’s division.

Players seeking selection MUST be participants at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast, April 16-22.

The Australian squad heads to the very south of New Zealand, with the tournament being hosted in Invercargill.

Applications will ONLY be accepted via the online portal: APPLY HERE

AMMNA Tour Leader applications Now Open

1 Mar

coaching-2-picApplications are now open for COACHES, MANAGERS, UMPIRES & TRAINERS.

AMMNA has accepted an invitation from New Zealand to enter three teams into the 2017 New Zealand Men’s Netball Championships.  To be eligible for selection, applicants must be participating at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast, April 16-22.

The AMMNA squad will head to the very South of New Zealand’s South Island, Invercargill, in coaching-1-picSeptember. AMMNA is sending the following squads:

  • 17 & Under Boys
  • 20 & Under Men
  • Reserve Men
  • Umpires x 4

Applications will ONLY be accepted online: APPLY HERE