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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


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