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2017 Australian Champs – GOLD COAST here we come……

23 Jul

The Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships have again secured a first class venue at which to stage the annual championships.

The newly redeveloped Carrara Sports Precinct on Queensland’s GOLD COAST will be home to Australia’s very best Men’s & Mixed netballers, April 16-23.  Sunshine State Men’s & carrara-02Mixed Netball Assoc will be the hosts, and President Carolyn Sweet was tremendously excited at the announcement; “we’re thrilled to welcome more 600 netball enthusiasts to the Gold Coast, and show off our new netball facility.  In 2015 we were luck to be playing at the site of the World Championships.  In 2017 we will be giving the venue a good test before it hosts the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  It will be exciting for everyone involved”.

Vic ChampsThis year the tournament was a great success, with 34 teams and over 500 participants making their way to Melbourne.  Adding to that success, was an unprecedented 8,000+ spectators.  It’s hoped that a chance to take a look at the best netball at the this ne Com Games venue, will also attract big spectator numbers.

AMMNA President Grant Crocker was also thrilled at the announcement; “our annual event is getting better and better every year.  The quality of play is continues to develop, and really deserves to be staged at Australia’s best venues”.

Check out the video clip HERE

AMMNA: resetting for 2016-2020

21 May

AMMNA-logo-CS5On Sunday May 29th, the AMMNA Annual General Meeting will re-convene at Melbourne’s State Netball Hockey Centre.

The association will address all of the regular business one associates with an AGM, including election of office bearers.  There are three positions up for re-election; Director of Umpiring, Domestic Director, and President.

One of the key agenda items for discussion is the AMMNA Strategic Plan.  It is the strategic plan that provides the member states the tool from which to instruct the executive on the work they are to carry out over the next 4-5 years.

Anyone wishing to enquire about AMMNA, or the Annual General Meeting should, in the first instance, make contact with their respective state member.

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

 

Netball fans flock to AMMNA Champs

31 Mar

Has elite men’s netball taken a giant leap in it’s development?  Should elite men’s netball now be viewed as being a truly relevant part of the Australian netball scene?

Opening CeremonyWell ask any of the 4,000 spectators that have turned out for the first four days of competition of the Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships, and you will get a resounding YES.  The event kicked off on Sunday with a wonderful opening ceremony, before the days feature match, a replay of the 2015 open men’s grand final, Victoria v Queensland, where the Vics avenged last years defeat, knocking off the Queenslanders 68-64.

Netball fans not familiar with the men’s game were astounded at the speed and agility of V v Qthe players.  Kim (Blackburn) said “I’ve never seen netball at that skill level before.  The speed both by foot and by mind was easily the best I’ve seen”. Rebecca (Nunawading) said her son was thrilled to have witnessed the game, “I can’t believe how agile that 7’2 shooter was, and the Victorian keeper was matching him in the air, and at times getting his hand above the ring. It’s the best netball I’ve ever seen”.

The championships culminate on Saturday with Grand Finals for all seven divisions:

  • 9.30am      23 & Under Men                 Men’s Reserve
  • 11.30am     Open Mixed                         20 & Under Men
  • 1.30pm       Open Men
  • 3.30pm       17 & Under Boys                Mixed Reserve

If you love your netball, head to the State Basketball Centre, George Street, Wantirna South, this Saturday. Admission $10 for Adults, $5 for Children (7-14), Under 7 FREE.

 

 

Australian Championships – breathtaking netball at a crazy price

22 Mar

2016 Championship Poster A4Hostilities commence Easter Sunday morning, when 500 participants are expected to land at one of Melbourne’s newest sports centres, to contest the 32nd annual Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.

 

The first morning will feature defending Men’s Champions, Queensland taking on a young talented West Australian outfit.

All teams, support staff and umpires will be on hand for the official opening at 3pm, Sunday March 27th.  This will be followed by the much anticipated rematch of last years Men’s Grand Final: Victoria v Queensland.

Tournament play will continue all week, culminating with Grand Finals on Saturday April 2nd.

Early feedback indicates excellent spectator numbers throughout the week, with the evening sessions featuring Victorian teams in “match of the day” contests.

 

Ticket Prices

Come and see the big men fly:

 

For further event information, please contact event organizer, James McCallum – 0439 651 492

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Championships – the countdown is on

17 Mar

Men's & Mixed Netball - action logo (working file) v1Only days remain until the first matches get underway at the 32nd annual Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.

2016 sees all States represented across 7 divisions.
Clik on the following table for all fixture, results and standings:

AMMNA Team List

Play kicks off on Easter Sunday 9am with 5 courts of Men’s, Mixed and Under Age matches.

Opening Ceremony

The tournaments official opening will take place at 3pm, featuring 9 year old Ruby Hall, Australian cast member of Les Miserables.

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Men’s Netball…controlling its own destiny

3 Oct

Destiny 1Like many little known sporting communities, Men’s Netball has been persevering for years, almost like groundhog day, treading water from year to year, gathering together annually at its Australian Championships.

Come Easter 2016 netballers will again gather in Melbourne, but this time there is a clear sense of growth and development.  For many years there has been differing views within the AMMNA community when debating the issue of quality versus quantity.  In more recent years the attitude has shifted to a more all encompassing model that caters to both.  From 2008 through to 2011, players, coaches, managers and a few umpires were asked a variety of questions about what they would ideally like to get out of their Men’s & Mixed representative netball experiences.  Public notoriety, industry recognition and sponsorship, along with fun and friendship were recurring themes.

In addressing these wants AMMNA encourages participation at all levels.  There is a longDestiny 3 term goal in place to develop MLEAGUE competitions in each state and territory, which will foster participation and create a pool from which to develop players for representative competition.  At the same time AMMNA has recognized that its annual championships has the potential to be the absolute showcase for elite Men’s & Mixed netball, as well as being the vehicle by which to create commercial opportunities.  To facilitate financial growth, AMMNA has placed no limitations on the growth of its showpiece event, the Australian Men’s & Mixed Netball Championships.  Respecting the integrity of the championships is a non-negotiable for AMMNA, which is why the OPEN MEN’S & OPEN MIXED divisions of the event will always only be reserved for the very best teams within Australia.  Every other division at the tournament (Reserves and Under Age) are all thought of as development divisions.  Participation is encouraged in these divisions from a variety of sources.  AMMNA is keen to hear from any netball organization with the capacity to select representative teams.  In recent years, AMMNA has formalized its relationship with the Australian Defense Force Netball Association (ADF), the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Netball Assoc, as well as having a solid relationship with the Cobra Netball Association in Malaysia.

Destiny 6In the future AMMNA can see a point where there are regional based universities, as well as regional netball associations getting involved with the Australian Championships. AMMNA Development advisor, James McCallum, has an optimistic view of the future, “Why can’t we have an event with teams from all over the region?  PNG, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia, Samoa, they can all come.  There’s no point taking the Sonix teams to some of these nations.  They’re national teams would be far better of coming here and playing in our reserves divisions, where they will get a heap of netball in a far more competitiveDestiny 8 environment.”  And it’s not just our neighboring nations that Mr. McCallum sees as being future participants, “I see our organization as being a real opportunity for netball associations in regional areas of Australia.  Why limit your representative netball program to a single gender activity?  Surely netball associations have a responsibility to seek out opportunities in which their young athletes can excel and achieve.”

Destiny 5With all this speculative growth, it seems like the AMMNA championships will grow to become a significant event on the Australian sporting landscape.  The reserve divisions have the potential to be one of the most enjoyable and highly competitive competitions within the tournament.  With the “no limitation” mantra, there is nothing stopping the reserves from becoming 20 or 30 team competitions. Mr. McCallum is clearly excited about the future of the AMMNA Championships “our 2016 event will feature 40 teams.  In the future this will double in size, it is this growth that will address our desire to establish commercial partnerships and give us the financial flexibility to invest in both our national teams, and youth programs.”

At the 2016 Championships, it will be the first time all five mainland states have been represented since 2008, and only the 3rd time in the past 13 years.  AMMNA really is getting its house in order and taking control of its destiny.

AMMNA welcomes enquiries from all interested parties, and is keen to create relationships with netball organizations here in Australia and from around the world.

EMAIL:  James McCallum   james@insportzknox.com.au   or  PHONE: 0439 651 492

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