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2017 AMMNA Australian Championships tournament fixture released…

7 Apr

The Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (AMMNA) has today released the draw for the 2017 Australian Championships.

Matches will commence from 8am on Sunday April 16. The Opening Ceremony will take place at 12:30pm, followed by the Queensland Suns taking on New South Wales in the Open Men’s division, in what is one of the most anticipated Day 1 matches.

With the ACT rejoining the tournament for the first time in over 15 years, plus a team from the Australian Defence Force, there are a record 39 teams taking part in this years’ Championships – meaning there will be a massive 166 games across nine timeslots in the opening five days of competition.

The finals will take place from 9:30am Friday April 21, with the 17&U Boys and 20&U Men’s divisions kicking off Grand Final day from 9am on Saturday April 22.  The Open Men’s Grand Final will be at 1pm.

Two courts will be live streamed from the championships, commencing Wednesday April 19, with all GRAND FINALS (7) broadcast on April 22nd.

AMMNA and Sunshine State Men’s and Mixed Netball are pleased to advise that ticket prices have been frozen at last year’s prices:

Sunday thru Friday          $7 Adults             $3 Children (7-14)            Child U/7 FREE
GRAND FINAL DAY          $10 Adults           $5 Children (7-14)            Child U/7 FREE
WEEKLY PASS                   $35 (incl Finals)

All matches will be contested at the all new Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Nerang Broadbeach Rd, Carrara ( next to Metricon Stadium).



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

2017 Australian Championships: Umpires Unveiled

19 Feb

umps2016aThe Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association are pleased to announce the umpires who will oversee the 2017 Australian Championships on the Gold Coast.

With over 40 teams at this year’s Championships, tournament organisers have selected a similar amount of officials to take care of proceedings. The response, both from Australia and overseas, was outstanding.

This year over 40 umpires have been selected, an increase from 30 in 2015 and 34 last year, showing that the tournament is growing in many areas. The umpires are full-time appointments, meaning they will be part of the entire week of action.

The umpires will again be led by AMMNA Director of Umpiring, Maureen Stephenson umps-snap1AOM, and assisted by Lee-Ann Quilter.

Maureen was thrilled with the response from umpires, “to have such a strong a talented group of umpires is a real testament to the growing respect the netball community has for our championships. We are delighted to not only see so many umpires returning, but also welcome those that are new to our tournament”.

Name State Association
Annette Sloan-Gardner ACT Arawang Netball Association
Carly Brown ACT Canberra Netball Association
Grace Underwood ACT South Canberra Netball Association
Vince Marzano ACT South Canberra Netball Association
Anna Relyea NSW Baulkham Hills Netball Association
Danny Dalton NSW Tamworth Netball Association
Jessica Roach NSW Manly Warringah Netball Association
Jordan Kiss NSW Gosford Netball Association
Kirsten Banks NSW Manly Warringah Netball Association
Nicole Hume NSW Blue Mountains Netball Association
Rachael Shallow NSW Gosford Netball Association
Renee Marshall NSW Liverpool City Netball Association
Rhys David NSW Eastwood Ryde Netball Association
Sarah Horne NSW Tamworth Netball Association
Stewart Ting NSW Northern Suburbs Netball Association
Zoe Turner NSW Parramatta Auburn Netball Association
Benjamin Manfield NT Darwin Netball Association
Rebecca Strickland NT Alice Springs Netball Association
Ashlee Spencer QLD Brisbane Netball Association
Carolyn Sweet QLD Southport Carrara Netball Association
Deborah Tapper QLD Southport Carrara Netball Association
Elle Bonasia QLD Netball Queensland
Ian Thomas QLD Western District Netball Association
Lisa Harm QLD Lockyer Valley Netball Association
Rebecca Counsell QLD Pine Rivers Netball Association
Sue Holden QLD Southport Carrara Netball Association
Zac Dawes QLD Southport Carrara Netball Association
Daniel Roe SA Gawler & District Netball Association
Andy Stuart TAS Northern Tasmania Netball Association
Adrian Barandowski VIC Parkville Netball Association
Amy Winchcombe VIC Banyule Netball Association
Cheryl Van Dreumel VIC Parkville Netball Association
Joel Owen VIC Parkville Netball Association
Joshua Ellis VIC CitySide Sports & Darebin Netball Association
Kylie Pearce VIC Goulburn & North Central Netball Region
Lynn Capron VIC Waverley City Netball Association
Mark Cockerell VIC AFL Barwon
Michaela Ryan VIC Goulburn Valley Football Netball League
Sandy Dickie VIC Ovens & Murray Netball League/Yarrawonga Netball Assoc
Sean Steele VIC St Albans/Caroline Springs Netball Association
Renae Guthridge WA Busselton Netball Association

AMMNA President, Grant Crocker, couldn’t hide his delight, “having such a strong response to our event is extremely rewarding for all of us. The tournament organisers are doing a wonderful job preparing the event, which includes making sure the umpires will be well looked after”.

The umpire pool will reside together at Surfers Tradewinds Holiday Apartments for the entire week.

We spoke with three umpires to find out a little more about their career in the game.

joel-owenName:  Joel Owen

Club/Association/State:  Parkville Netball Association, Melbourne

How long have you been an umpire?  25 years! Time flies. I started when I was 12, you can do the math!

How did you get started?  My father represented Victoria from the Men’s Associations 2nd year of existence and as a child our family travelled to Royal Park (as it was then known) for his training sessions. That was how I learnt the game and the rules. They were always looking for umpires to assist and I loved blowing the whistle.

How many Australian Championships have you umpired?  Scary question! This April will be my 22nd Championship (I believe). I had a couple of years off along the way whilst I explored other sports.

What is the most important lesson you have you learned as an umpire?  As an umpire I firmly believe that we should always look for the opportunities to allow play to continue. The use of ‘advantage’ takes skill and lots of practice. If we can go un-noticed in a game we have done a good job.

What is your career outside umpiring?  I work for CGU Insurance in Relationship and Sales Management.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get into umpiring?  Give it a go! Know your rules. Watch and learn from more experienced umpires and umpire coaches and, most importantly, have fun! Nobody likes a grumpy, over officious umpire.


elle-bonasiaName:  Elle Bonasia

Club/Association/State:  Queensland Suns, Netball Queensland

How long have you been an umpire?  I started in 2006. My daughter needed an umpire for her under 12 team and I thought “How hard could this be?”, as I was a player for many years. I knew the rules, but boy was I wrong.

How many Australian Championships have you umpired?  Five

What is the most important lesson you have you learned as an umpire?  Age is no barrier. I started to umpire in my early forties and am still going strong ten years later. Know that no one can umpire a perfect game and even us umpires makes mistakes as players do. Grow with each game. Absorb as much knowledge from experienced umpire coaches.

Career outside of umpiring:  Work at a special school as a teacher aide. I work with students who have multi impairments, mainly focusing on mobility and therapy. I’ve been doing it 15 years and I still love my job.

What advice do you have for anyone who wants to get into umpiring?  Read and learn the rules first. Never stop asking questions. Never be afraid to say, “I don’t understand”. Don’t compare yourself to others. You can do it whether you’re young or old as long, as you get enjoyment out of it and are willing to do some hard work!


Name:  Jordan Kiss

Club/association/state:  Northern Valleys Netball Club, Gosford Netball Association, NSW

How long have you been an umpire?  Since I was 13, so I’m now in my sixth year of umpiring.

How many Australian Championships have you umpired?   I only have umpired two Australian championships and this year will be my third. I have also been fortunate enough to also travel to New Zealand with the junior Australian teams to umpire at New Zealand Mens National Championships for the last two years.

How did you get started?   In my first year of umpiring, I was asked to apply for the Rep Umpire Program that Gosford run every year. Which is a training program for umpires of all ages. As part of the program you attended weekly off court training sessions, along with traveling with our associations representative junior teams to carnivals. During both regular Saturday competition matches and the carnivals, being part of the program gave me access to coaching during the games.

jordan-kissMy first year as being part of this program, and second year of umpiring, still only being 13, I gained my National C Badge. From there I gained access to many opportunities, such as umpiring Metro League, State and Academy trial and training matches etc.

This is when I applied to umpire Mens and Mixed.

Then at the age of 15, gained my National B badge.

What is the most important lesson have you learnt as an umpire?   Umpiring has taught me patience, confidence and resilience in situations in regular life away from the court.

What is your career outside of umpiring?  I am currently a student in Year 12.

AMMNA release 2017-2021 Strategic Plan

28 Jan

In 2016 the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association executive and state member associations came together in Melbourne to discuss the vision for the future of men’s and mixed netball.

The end result, Strategic Plan 2017-2021, is a group of five high-level goals which centre around the implementation of strong pathways and support structures to expand and grow the game.

action-shot-aAMMNA President, Grant Crocker said “we have created a strong and robust strategic plan which would not have been possible without the commitment and passion of the whole team who attended. If we stick to these principles, and work hard and smart, we can achieve some remarkable things”.


The AMMNA 2017-2021 Strategic Plan can be found here: LINK

New AMMNA Appointment a “scoop” for Men’s Netball

25 Jan

AMMNA is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Hutchinson as its Marketing Engagement Manager.

This immediate appointment by the AMMNA Executive is initially until the completion of the 2017 Australian Championships on the Gold Coast. A formal voting process will take place at the 2017 AMMNA AGM, bringing this position into line with other AMMNA appointments.

The Marketing Engagement Manager position falls under the Development & Strategy portfolio, led by AMMNA Director James McCallum.

There are three key focal points in the lead up to the Australian Championships:

  • New website platform & fresh content
  • Better integration of AMMNA’s social media platforms
  • Increased content and readership for these platforms

Of his appointment Michael said, “I’ve been involved in netball for 20 years as a player and coach and am incredibly passionate about the sport, from both a spectator and marketing perspective, so to have the opportunity to take on a role like this is a privilege.

For the past three years I’ve been a senior writer with Netball Scoop and over the past two years have driven significant growth across our social media platforms, and the aim is to implement those strategies with AMMNA and the state bodies.

Men’s and mixed netball in Australia is a sleeping giant in terms of its potential to grow. In order to increase interest it’s imperative that, in terms of marketing and exposure, there are some solid foundations in place with which to build upon and that starts with the focus of this year’s Australian Championships on the Gold Coast.”

AMMNA President, Grant Crocker was excited by the appointment, “Getting Michael on board is a wonderful addition to our admin team.  Michael clearly knows about our game.  To have someone on board who is passionate about both our game and promoting it will really help propel us forward”.

UMPIRES – #cuonthegoldcoast

10 Nov

ump3Umpires from all parts of Australia, as well as a few visiting international guests, will head to the Gold Coast in 2017 to officiate at the Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.

Last year over 40 umpires participated, and with 2017 team numbers expected to top 40 teams, tournament organisers are hoping to attract around 50 officials to join team white for the event. “The standard of our tournament gets better and better every year.  We see it each year from ump2the teams, they constantly improve.  It’s the same with our umpires….the best compliment I can give them is that now we turn up at a tournament, and nobody talks about them.  They really are a very good group, and getting better”. AMMNA President Grant Crocker was excited for AMMNA Umpires and the opportunities on offer, “enthusiastic umpires should really take a look at getting involved with AMMNA.  Our events are tremendously exciting, you get great coaching, and best of all, have a lot of fun and meet some wonderful people”.

For more information, follow the following LINK.ump4