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Ninety-third Annual Report 2017 We live this game.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Bradley Photography | mbphoto.co.nz 93rd Annual Report and Financial Statements for the 12 months 1 December 2016 to 30 November 2017. The Annual Report and these Financial Statements will be presented to the 91st Council Meeting of Netball New Zealand to be held in Wellington on Saturday 24th February 2018.

From the Board Chair and Chief Executive......................... 2 From the President................................................................... 8 Netball New Zealand Board and Staff.................................. 9 Kiwis on the World Stage.......................................................10

Zones Netball Northern.......................................................................13 Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty...............................................14 Netball Central..........................................................................15 Netball Mainland......................................................................16 Netball South............................................................................17

Commercial Report Partners Review.......................................................................19 Who’s Watching Netball?.......................................................21

National Teams and Events Silver Ferns................................................................................22 FAST5 Ferns...............................................................................27 NZU21’s: NWYC2017...............................................................28 National Squads & Teams.....................................................30

Events Events Snapshot......................................................................32 Events Overview........................................................................33 ANZ Premiership.......................................................................34 Beko Netball League...............................................................40 Netball Super Club...................................................................42 Netball NZ U19 Championships...........................................47 Netball NZ U17 Championships...........................................48. NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs............................49

High Performance Coaching Forum........... 50 Community Netball Community Review..................................................................52 NNZ Affiliated Player Membership.......................................55

Pacific Sporting Partnership (PSP)............58 Awards and Careers Acknowledgements 2017 New Zealand Netball Awards.....................................60 Silver Ferns 1948-2017.........................................................61 Silver Fern Acknowledgements............................................62

The Heritage Project 1967 Silver Ferns.....................................................................64

In Rememberance Shirley Annan............................................................................66 Joyce McCann...........................................................................67 Tania Dalton...............................................................................68

Honour Roll Life Members............................................................................69 Service Awards.........................................................................70

Whole of Netball Plan..............................................74 Financials............................................................................80


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From the

Board Chair


Chief Executive

Mai I Te Manukura, Mai I Te Tumu Whakarae

Netball New Zealand 2017 Annual Report


Another phenomenally busy year for Netball, which combined moments of outstanding achievement with moments of overwhelming sadness.

The change of direction at the elite domestic level with the introduction of the ANZ Premiership and the launch of Netball Super Club were key areas of development and growth for our game. One of the most significant highlights of the year was the success of our NZU21 team in winning the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana in July, the first time New Zealand has won back-to-back titles at this level. NZU21 coach Kiri Wills, her management team and the players demonstrated a generosity of spirit that went beyond just being a great Netball team. Held for the first time in Africa, our U21s represented us incredibly well, supporting other teams and showing a strong sense of camaraderie while being fabulous ambassadors for young people in sport in New Zealand. We can be massively proud of their conduct and achievement. We all experienced a deeply saddening start to the year with the sudden and tragic passing of Tania Dalton. It was incredibly difficult and an extremely poignant, bonding moment for the Netball community. Her popularity and standing in the community was acknowledged when hundreds, from all walks and life and across all facets of Netball, attended her funeral. Showing the true extent of how far her influence stretched, many thousands more followed the live streaming of Tania’s funeral, allowing the Invercargill faithful – where she spent the most successful years of her career – to congregate on mass at ILT Stadium Southland and pay tribute to a special figure in their Netballing history. Netball also mourned the passing of two other inspiring figures during the year: Joyce McCann and Shirley Annan, who left lasting impressions on the sport. Regarded as a trailblazer, NNZ Life Member Joyce McCann lived a rich and full life, much of it dedicated to improving the status of Netball, and in the process was a catalyst for the way it is administered today. Rangy defender Shirley Annan became Silver Fern No 28 when selected for the historic tour to Australia in 1960 after representing both Otago and Canterbury. Shirley formed an integral part of the 1960 edition, which provided the turning point for Netball in New Zealand, and with it, the start of the modern era for the sport in this country.

WON PLAN We have completed the third year of our four-year strategy, the Whole of Netball (WON) plan, and we remain focused on ensuring it is more than just a plan. With that in mind, we are continually checking ourselves against that strategy. An all-inclusive approach that involves the entire Netball community is paramount, and that means remembering where we came from, where we are now and building our future direction together. There are four key pillars to the WON Plan:


‘Participation and lifelong involvement’ We want our participants to have a quality experience in Netball, and if we can understand the levers that enhance this experience, we will grow. Netball remains an incredibly important piece of New Zealand’s landscape and our membership continues to be strong, which gives us a healthy base to work from. In an exciting development in the community space, we recently entered into a significant contract for Netball with ACC, which has allowed us to grow our NetballSmart programme nationwide. It is a vote of confidence that ACC have chosen to invest in us at that level and it allows us to have a dedicated NetballSmart person focused on injury prevention in each of our Zones. Former Silver Ferns physiotherapist Sharon Kearny, who has a long history of involvement in Netball, has been appointed to head the initiative for NNZ as NetballSmart Programme Manager. We’ve also been involved in a partnership programme with the Ministry of Youth and Development over the last 12 months. This has focused on a leadership programme in south Auckland, with the aim of creating young leaders. This development has been fantastic to watch and has the potential to keep growing over the next little while. This year also marked the first year of our five-year Pacific Sporting Partnership (PSP) funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This programme uses Netball, alongside rugby, as a vehicle to help deliver changes in health outcomes in the Pacific by encouraging active and healthy lifestyles among children, as well as helping to build the capability within the Pacific to deliver the game to their young people.


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‘Connect more New Zealanders to the passion and excitement of Netball’ Our brand is incredibly well-received, and there has been a significant amount of positive engagement with our channels. That has created a great deal of energy and engagement which was evidenced by the recent ‘Brand Love’ Colmar Brunton poll where the Silver Ferns moved up 14 places and into the top 20 for brands that Kiwis love. We’re now equal with iconic New Zealand whiteware firm Fisher & Paykel in terms of our standing, which demonstrates how we punch above our weight time and again in our appeal to the everyday Kiwi. This space also includes the work done through our Heritage Project, reconnecting with people from the Netball community by bringing them back into the fold and making Netball a game for life. The 1967 team were gathered in Hamilton during the Silver Ferns Taini Jamison Trophy against England to celebrate the 50th anniversary of New Zealand’s first world championship title in Perth. The 1967 team are an amazing group of strong women who are indicative of what has been part of our fabric and part of our history and it was a real highlight of the year. We were very fortunate to be supported by First Sovereign Trust to be able to bring those women together to share the occasion with us. We are continuing to ensure our competitions and our elite athletes are visible week-in week-out to our communities – whether that is on the Netball courts to the international stage – or via our diverse mix of age-group, domestic leagues.


‘We produce Silver Ferns who win’ In terms of Win, this produced a mixed bag for the Silver Ferns in 2017. Being able to take out the Netball Quad Series and the Taini Jamison Trophy, particularly against an experienced England, was a testament to that desire in the Silver Ferns team. There was obvious disappointment with the Constellation Cup results but we are heartened by the culture that is being built in the squad, with new leaders coming to the fore.

We would like to acknowledge the work of coach Janine Southby and her assistant Yvette McCausland-Durie for their unstinting on-going work behind the scenes in preparing the Silver Ferns throughout the year. We would also like to congratulate our captain Katrina Grant in reaching a significant personal milestone when notching her 100th test cap after leading from the front in the series decider against England. Katrina joins a select group in becoming just the seventh Silver Ferns centurion. The highlight in Win was undoubtedly the NZU21 team winning the Netball World Youth Cup, which was a fantastic effort from all involved.


‘Sustain our game through a strong Netball system – people, finances, organisations’ There has been a lot of positive engagement with our Netball community over the last 12 months, particularly in the membership space and things digital. To this effect, with the aid of new technology, we’re trying to ensure our Centres can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible with their delivery of Netball.

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We have made significant progress in 2017 with the completion of the SKED (Competition Management) Pilot Programme. Although not without challenges, the pilot was a success. The solution is now being released to the public and will be available for all Centres in 2018. At the end of the 2017 season, we have a Sportsground uptake rate of 74% (up from 64% when the partnership launched in December 2015). Ongoing development is planned for 2018 by including Membership Management and online scoring.

The first season delivered a more than encouraging outcome as the players and coaches revelled in a return to a more traditional New Zealand style with supporters showing their approval of the local derby atmosphere through strong viewing numbers. Most importantly, a new generation of exciting young talent got their opportunity of exposure to elite level Netball.

MEMBERSHIP MANAGEMENT We have had Board approval to proceed with a phased implementation of Membership Management, focusing on a national solution for member information collation and management. BRACKEN (LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT) We are working closely with Bracken on the extension of services in 2018 and the on boarding of more material. The solution provided by Bracken is robust and we are looking to develop current and new content to increase engagement and ensure members receive the best educational experience possible. ZONE/CENTRE DEVELOPMENT An integral part of building the spine of our system is on working with each of our business units and making sure they’re connecting and communicating their vision and strategies. That means engaging with the coalface of our Zones and Centres, so in the latter part of this year, we’ve been attending Zone forums.

This has involved talking with our Centres and people close to the sport around what’s going on in Netball while sharing our vision, including what has evolved over the past 12 months, where we’re currently at and where we’re heading. All of our Zones are doing a power of work, and what is most encouraging is the great intent, combined with the ability to look forward and embrace change. It is five years since we introduced the Zone structure, and we are delighted with the development and progress being made in reinforcing our vision for the future.

Still in its infancy, it is expected the ANZ Premiership will continue to build, grow stronger and develop greater numbers of top-flight players. Establishing the ANZ Premiership means it’s now in our control so we can shape the vision for the future. Attracting strong viewing numbers, Netball Super Club was welcomed with open arms by all involved and we would like to acknowledge Nelson City Council for their support in bringing Netball Super Club to Nelson. There is a high expectation it can only grow in popularity, outcome and participation. We were pleased with Year 1, and know it will grow from here. This year also heralded the second edition of the highly successful Beko Netball League. The league was expanded to a six-team competition in 2017 following the addition of the Northern Comets. At this early stage, the flow-on effect of the BEKO league has already been evidenced with seven new Silver Ferns capped this year alone. We have also experienced high levels of success from young athletes playing in the Beko League and ANZ Premiership with six going on to play for the NZU21s. The exposure for these young players of playing week-in weekout in a high-pressure competition was a major factor in how the NZU21 team delivered their unbeaten run to the World Youth Cup title. These competitions are not just a pathway for athletes but also engage coaches, officials, umpires and volunteers, giving them further opportunities of interaction at the elite level. In the coaching space, the High Performance Coaches Forum was an absolute highlight. Seven of the past 10 Silver Fern’s coaches were present alongside ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League coaches and Performances Managers from across the five Zones and umpiring representatives. Currently based offshore, coaches Leigh Gibbs, Noeline Taurua and Tania Hoffman also joined a who’s who of New Zealand’s coaching fraternity at the Forum, in a powerful gathering of Netball minds for one sole purpose: making our system robust and our athletes as strong and as successful as they can be.


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Ultimately, we all work together to have successful Silver Ferns. A successful competition and those types of forums bear fruit going forward. Alongside all our community initiatives, there has been the traditional events that are key components of our domestic calendar. It was great to see a newcomer in Howick College win the NZ Secondary Schools title for the first time with an unbeaten run to the title. The Netball NZ U17 Champs remains our biggest event participation-wise and continues to grow, echoing Netball’s status as the number one sport in secondary schools across all codes. Congratulations to Wellington Black A, who successfully defended their title at this level. Title honours went to a well-drilled Hamilton City at the 20-strong national Netball NZ U19 Champs event, which included an invitational England age-group team for the first time. COMMERCIAL 2017 has seen the exciting growth of a new family of sponsors to join our established stable. In particular, we would like to mention SKY TV, ANZ Bank, MYOB and NZME who are part of our stable of premier partners. There has been a real groundswell of support and engagement in the commercial space which is hugely appreciated and delivers an exciting air of optimism. To be able to bring new products to the market, such as Netball Super Club, and have them embraced in the way that they were was fantastic. We were incredibly grateful to Nelson City Council and everyone in the Nelson community for allowing that event to have the success that it did.

LEADERSHIP AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS In honouring special contributions to Netball, 2017 presented a range of celebrations around the country where those involved were suitably acknowledged. During the season, we were also able to pay tribute to former Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua and Anna Harrison and acknowledge the enormous contribution the defensive duo gave to the game, following their international retirements earlier in the year. We also acknowledged the retirement of International Umpire Liz Boon, a stalwart of the scene who’s presence will be missed. We were delighted legendary Silver Ferns coach Dame Lois Muir and former NNZ Board Chair and INF Vice-President Kereyn Smith were acknowledged with INF Service Awards for their outstanding contributions to international Netball. While in Botswana for the Netball World Youth Cup, Netball New Zealand (NNZ) Board member Shirley Hooper was successful in her bid to win a role on the International Netball Federation (INF) Board. Shirley joins compatriot Ann Tod, who both work tirelessly for the good of Netball, and we are very grateful to have two Kiwi representatives on the INF Board. The NNZ Board continue to be fantastic advocates for our game. They are incredibly supportive, willing to engage in all areas and have no hesitation in rolling their sleeves up to help. We continue to be grateful for the high levels of support we receive from High Performance Sport New Zealand and Sport New Zealand. They engage with us in a true partnership, and we acknowledge their strong presence in our game. A big thank you goes out to our staff at NNZ who have been outstanding this year. They go so much further than any job description could ever capture with their wholehearted support and enthusiasm.

We couldn’t do what we do without all of our partners, and we remain so grateful for all of your support.

Jennie Wyllie

John Bongard ONZM



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From the President Mai I Te Perehitini Thank you to all our members, our staff, our partners, fans of Netball and supporters. Each and every one of you contribute to the success and enjoyment of Netball in New Zealand.

Following a very successful Netball New Zealand Council Meeting in the idyllic setting of Queenstown, we received the sad news of the tragic death of former Silver Fern Tania Dalton. One so young and loved throughout the Netball community and the country. Her memory will continue through the Tania Dalton Foundation and her wonderful family. Only months later we farewelled two significant members of the Netball community in Life Member Joyce McCann and Silver Fern No 28 Shirley Annan. They will be missed, along with the other service award holders and those servants of the game who we lost in this last year. 2017 has had its challenges with the introduction of the ANZ Premiership. However, the Netball community have embraced the new league, and after a fiercely contested competition between the NZ sides, with the top three sides competing in the inaugural Netball Super Club competition in Nelson. Alongside the ANZ Premiership matches, the Beko Netball League continued going from strength to strength promoting players to the franchise teams as required. We have seen many young players develop from all these competitions so the future of Netball is in good heart. I was fortunate to attend the Netball NZ U17, U19 Champs, NZ Secondary Schools Champs, Netball Super Club and the Silver Ferns win of the Taini Jamison Trophy. The pathways for players has been evident. The highlight of the year was our NZU21 team – winners of the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana. It was so good to be able to watch these games via the International Netball Federation’s live stream. At the International Netball Federation Congress in Botswana, INF recognised Lois Muir and Kereyn Smith for their contribution to Netball. Both were awarded INF Service Awards. Our congratulations to those recognised in the NZ Royal Honours in 2017. Both Jackie Barron and Judy Russell were named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), Jackie for her services to sports governance and education and Judy for her services to Netball.

Of real importance is the recognition of volunteer service to a Zone or Centre through our Netball New Zealand Service Awards. Nineteen members were recognised at the 2017 Council Meeting for their contribution. Of special significance, Leigh Gibbs received the highest honour in NNZ as the recipient of Life Membership. From the ANZ futureFERNS through the school age players and to seniors we see thousands turning out for their regular competitions throughout the country. We acknowledge all the Umpires and Bench Officials who often start their training at school age with some progress to international level. To all those administrators at the Centres who work tirelessly we thank you for your commitment. The World Masters Games held in Auckland in April saw players that have been through all those grades and are still loving the game. It was a great experience to be a volunteer and be part of that event.

To the NNZ Board, led by our chair John Bongard, and our wonderful staff under the leadership of Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie, I thank you for your support and passion for our sport over the past 12 months. I will continue to work with you all for the betterment of our sport.

Beverley Douglas NNZ PRESIDENT

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NNZ Board JOHN BONGARD ONZM NNZ Board Chair Appointed NNZ Board Member BEVERLEY DOUGLAS NNZ President

SHANE HARMON Appointed NNZ Board Member

JILL HATCHWELL Appointed NNZ Board Member

DEBBIE HODGES Elected NNZ Board Member


SHIRLEY HOOPER Elected NNZ Board Member

ALLISON FERGUSON Appointed NNZ Board Member MATT WHINERAY Appointed NNZ Board Member

NNZ Staff JENNIE WYLLIE Chief Executive JACQUI SWAN Executive Manager

Commercial and Business Development: DAVID COOPER Head of Commercial JENIFER HUNT (until September) Commercial Manager REBECCA ANNAN (commenced February) Business Development Manager SARA FARR Commercial Servicing Manager

Communications and Marketing: KERRY MANDERS Head of Communications and Marketing

Community Netball:

Finance and Services:

RUTH STANLEY Head of Community Netball

LISA GREENAWAY Finance Manager, NNZ and Zones

ALYSHA JENSEN National Programmes Manager

LYNNE PAYNTER (until September) Project Accountant

GARRATT WILLIAMSON National Technical Officials Manager

STACEY LAWRENCE (commenced September) Finance Manager

TANIA KARAURIA National Training Manager

HANNAH FARRELLY (until January) Accountant

HAYLEY GRIFFITH Community Netball Sports Coordinator

PAULA BOS (commenced August) Accountant

SHARON KEARNEY (commenced October) NetballSmart Programme Manager

Events and International: KATE AGNEW Head of Events and International MELISSA PHILLIPS Events Manager

AMY WADWELL (until September) Communications and Online Manager

EMMA FOWLIE Events Manager

RACHEL BARR Marketing and Brand Manager

LISA GREEN (until August) Events Coordinator

EMMA GOODMAN (until August) Digital Content Coordinator

IVAN HARRE (commenced March) Programme Manager – Pacific Sporting Partnership

RHONDA KARL Digital Engagement Lead TROY HAN (commenced October) Marketing and Communications Executive

ANGELA SOUTHEE (commenced May) Programme Coordinator – Pacific Sporting Partnership

CLAIRE BRITTON Assistant Accountant

High Performance: KEIR HANSEN Head of High Performance JANINE SOUTHBY Silver Ferns Head Coach YVETTE MCCAUSLAND-DURIE Silver Ferns Assistant Coach ESTHER MOLLOY Silver Ferns Manager KIRI WILLS National Coach, National Development Squad KIRSTEN HELLIER (until October) National Manager, Coach Development VANESSA PAUN (until January) HP Player Development Manager SAMANTHA SMITH High Performance Administrator


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Left: Dame Lois Muir Right: Kereyn Smith MNZM

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It is always amazing to see New Zealand’s influence on the world stage. The following New Zealanders were named INF Service Award Holders 2017 at the INF Congress in Gaborone, Botswana: Dame Lois Muir and Kereyn Smith MNZM.

Dame Lois Muir

Kereyn Smith MNZM

Coming from a small, conservative corner of southern New Zealand has done nothing to deter the impact Dame Lois Muir has had on Netball both in New Zealand and around the world.

One of New Zealand’s most experienced and high-achieving sports administrators, Kereyn Smith has left a bold imprint across many codes but most noticeably in Netball.

One of sport’s pioneers in the truest sense of the word, as a player, coach and administrator, Dame Lois’s influence has been profound. A trailblazer as a player when vice-captain of the Silver Ferns at the first World Championships in 1963, Dame Lois continued to leave a blueprint for those who followed with an unrivalled and exceptionally successful 14-year tenure as Silver Ferns coach. That was backed up by her unstinting administrative capabilities that helped propel Netball and women’s sport into the limelight and onto an equal footing with their male counterparts.

During her 11 years on the Board of Netball New Zealand, including six as Chair, closely followed by her five-year term as INF Vice-President, Kereyn was involved at a time of significant change for Netball. In her time with INF, Kereyn was involved with the delivery of many international events, including World Netball Championships, World Youth Cups and the exciting new concept of the FastNet World Netball Series (now the FAST5 Netball World Series). She was also instrumental in driving the restructure of the International Federation of Netball Associations to its current status (INF), as well as developing umpiring, coaching and marketing panels.

Taking her place as a board member on many high-profile organisations helped Dame Lois gain leverage and expertise in the business and commercial worlds, which greatly benefited Netball. Dame Lois quickly became a household name and much admired figure in her own country, but that admiration and influence spread far beyond New Zealand’s shores as others took up her mantle in helping promote Netball on the world stage. She has coached generations of players from primary school age to the elite with the same vigour and passion without prejudice or bias, her sole aim being focused on improving Netballing skills. Dame Lois’s impact is probably best summed up through the eyes of the world’s most capped Netballer, Irene van Dyk. When emigrating to New Zealand and going on to become the world’s greatest shooter, van Dyk had just one wish at the time, and that was to be coached by Lois Muir. Across the playing, coaching and administrative arenas, Dame Lois has proved peerless in her relentless and selfless quest to grow Netball, all done in a voluntary capacity for over 50 years.

A key leader at the IFNA Congress Meetings in 2007, 2009 and 2011, Kereyn’s resourcefulness has helped Netball communities around the world take the initiative in pushing the sport to new levels and empowering its associated personnel. With Netball New Zealand, Kereyn helped guide the transformation of the code from amateur to semiprofessional status. A leading advocate for increasing the profile and participation of women in sport, Kereyn was the first female in the 100-year history of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) to be appointed to the CEO role, and her influence has reverberated far and wide while winning international acclaim for this work. Kereyn has an exemplary track record in organisational growth and development backed by strong leadership and advocacy skills, strategic expertise and commercial acumen from which INF has been a major beneficiary.


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Netball Northern Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty Netball Central Netball Mainland Netball South

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Netball Northern 2017 has been another great year for the Northern Zone. We have delivered: • Over 500 Netball in School sessions, providing an introduction to Netball for 14,374 participants • 89 ANZ futureFERNS workshops, providing training for 1,332 junior coaches • 109 coaching modules, providing training for 984 coaches • Development and support of over 103 umpires. As well as launching the Netball Leaders programme in South Auckland with more than 25 young leaders. On court, the Zone saw successes throughout the season with Howick College winning the NZ Secondary Schools title on debut. They took out the title in a close fought final with St Kentigern College, who in turn had taken the honours at UNISS earlier in the season, securing top place, with Mt Albert Grammar School finishing second. Auckland 1 were runner’s up at the NZU17 tournament, with Howick Pakuranga finishing a close third. NORTHERN COMETS – 8 LOSSES, 1 DRAW AND 1 WIN A tough season came down to small margins for the Northern Comets, and there are some definite lessons we intend to take to the 2018 season, including communication, teamwork, performance under pressure and learning how to travel and perform week-in and week-out. In terms of individual success, Theresa Ngata was called up to SKYCITY Mystics for a couple of games, Christina Oscar debuted for the Stars (now signed for the 2018 season) and Tori Kolose has signed as Mystics training partner. NORTHERN MARVELS – 5 LOSSES, 1 DRAW AND 3 WINS Marvels had only two players returning from the 2016 Beko season, nine athletes unavailable due to contracts within the ANZ Premiership or personal commitments. All other players were new to this level which meant we had a lot of catching up to do. However, once the squads were selected, the team had the opportunity to train alongside the SKYCITY Mystics, making connections that enabled the use of SKYCITY Mystics trainings partners during the Beko season. The team were pleased with the continual improvement made each game, especially in the second round, and the season has proved beneficial in transitioning athletes and management towards the ANZ Premiership.

Zone Staff • Julie Paterson, CEO (December–July) • Nicole Spratt, CEO (September onwards) • Carin Oelofse, Administration and Accounts Manager • Anita Coy-Macken, Community Netball Manager (August onwards) • Chris Tennant, Operations Manager • Tia Winikerei, Performance Manager • Heather Rima, Umpire Development Manager (November) • Tracey Spence, Netball Development Officer • Trina Henare, Netball Development Manager • Jo Hona, Netball Development Officer (November–October) • Tania Heap, Coach Development Officer • Melanie Kemp, Netball Development Manager (August onwards) • Vicki Morgan, Centre Development Manager (March onwards) • Helene Wilson, Mystics Head Coach • Irene Gubb, Junior Development Officer (July onwards) • Sarah Brierly, Communications, Marketing and Events Administrator (November–May) • Zak Middleton, South Auckland Leadership Programme (August onwards) • Hamish Barton, Performance Manager (November–June)

Zone Board Dianne McAteer (Chair), Raewyn Henry, Murray Lockwood, David Ronaldson, Sue Brewster, Lynette Gubb, Diana Puketapu

List of Centres Mangonui, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, Northern Wairoa, Whangarei, Rodney, Kaipara, Hibiscus Coast, Waitakere, North Harbour, Auckland, Mangere– Otahuhu, Howick–Pakuranga, Manurewa, Papakura, Pukekohe, Waiuku


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John Parker, Acting CEO (December–February) Phil Lyons, CEO (February–May) Rohan West, CEO (September onwards) Ruth Aitken, Performance Manager (and Interim Operating Officer May–August) Debbie Fuller, Performance Manager Alison Wieringa, Community Netball Manager (July onwards) Margaret Forsyth, Magic Head Coach Jeneva Snodgrass, Events Manager (December–July) Rhonda Karl, Marketing and Communication Manager (May–July) Rachel Andrews, Finance and Funding Administrator Kim Hunt, Coach Lead Jan Teesdale, Umpire Lead Trudi Kemp, Development Officer Natalie Kelly, Events Administrator Kim Higgie, Community Netball Administrator Hannah Southgate-McNeil, Communications Coordinator (February–September) Hyrum Sunnex, Gretta Matafeo, Karen Aulelio, Hikitia Gallagher, Maylene Meroiti – Development Officers (April–September) Leigh Ashton, Anneke Hepi – Development Officers (April–November)

Zone Board John Wiltshire (Chair) (December–August), Bev Edlin (Chair) (September onwards), Julie-Ann Hallett, Carole Maddix, Judy Moreland, John Parker (December–August), Karyn Vincent, Patrice Wynen, Wayne Beilby (November onwards), Bryan Graham (November onwards)

List of Centres Cambridge, Eastern Waikato , Gisborne, Trust Waikato Hamilton City, Harbourside, Hauraki Plains, Kawerau, KCE Maniapoto, KCE Otorohanga, KCE Taumarunui, Matamata, Mercury Bay, Morrinsville, Opotiki, Paeroa, Putaruru, Rotorua, Taupo, Te Aroha, Paperplus Te Awamutu, Te Puke, Thames, Tokoroa, Waihi, Whakatane

2017 was a year of transition and change for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone with changes to the Board and staff. Through all this one thing was a constant – the performance of our 25 Centres, with approximately 26,000 people playing, coaching, umpiring and volunteering. A major highlight being over 1,000 coaches and umpires across the Zone undertaking Netball New Zealand courses and modules.

At the elite level, four WBOP Magic players made the Silver Ferns squad (Monica Falkner, Kelly Jury, Grace Rasmussen and Sam Sinclair), two were in the victorious NZU21’s team (Monica Falkner and Kelly Jury) and one in the FAST5 Ferns team (Monica Falkner). The Beko Netball League provided great opportunity for development, providing strong pathways for the ANZ Premiership. With four wins and three narrow losses where the team gained a bonus point, our WBOP Beko team ended in the middle of the table, but huge learnings were made by players and coaching staff alike. The Level 2 player development programme includes upwards of 30 players and aims to support their development and improvement. The 2018 Beko squad includes five players who came through this programme in 2017. The Level 1 programme works with 60 players and umpires from across the Zone, with a 2-day camp serving as an introduction to the NNZ talent development pipeline. Strong school performances were a feature of the year with four of the top eight schools at UNISS hailing from WBOP (Waikato Diocesan, St Paul’s, Hamilton Girls and Trident) and seven WBOP players identified in the A Grade Tournament team. Two of our schools also finished in the top 10 of the NZSS Champs (5th – Waikato Diocesan, 9th – St Paul’s). Hamilton City took out the Netball NZ U19 Champs in Wellington, with strong performances throughout the tournament and a number of players named in the Tournament Team.

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Netball Central Netball Central had a successful season across the region in 2017 with achievements in all areas of the sport. In regards to umpiring, we had 32 Umpires achieve their Zone Award and nine Umpires receive their NZ Award, as well as significant achievements from both Ann Hay (International Umpire Award) and Kenneth Metekingi (International Talent Identification). We also saw the appointment of Ann Hay as a New Zealand Umpire Development Group Cadet to support our current NZUDG Reps – Linda Liggins and Anne Blomfield. Within Coaching, we saw the implementation of the new NNZ Coaching Framework and had our first CCA1 coaches achieve accreditation. The Zone Coaching Conference was held with over 50 coaches in attendance, and to cap off the year, two Netball Central coaches were recognised at the NNZ Coaching Awards with Natalie Milicich (Central Zone Beko Head Coach) awarded Performance Coach of the Year and Che Tamati (Netball Taranaki) receiving the Community Coach of the Year Award.

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Carolyn Young, CEO Stuart Savage, Community Netball Manager Waimarama Taumaunu, High Performance Director Yvette McCausland-Durie, Pulse Head Coach Sandra Edge, Pulse Assistant Coach Jo Holmes, Pulse Operations and Team Manager Vai Tuita'alili, Events Manager Natalie Milicich, Performance Manager and Beko Head Coach (resigned September) Pelesa Semu, Performance Manager and Beko Head Coach (started November) Tash Rowlands, Coach Development Officer Irene van Dyk, Junior Development Officer Lenore Anderson, Finance Administrator Aimee Henderson, Office Manager

This year’s Zone Forum was attended by all Centres over two days and featured presentations from NNZ, Sport NZ and three RSTs under the theme of ‘Connect, Share Best Practice and Celebrate Success’.

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In terms of on-court success, the Netball Central Beko team went through the season undefeated, beating a spirited Netball Mainland team in the final to win the Zone’s first trophy. Significant commitment to the programme was made by all athletes, coaches, manager and physiotherapist, which enabled the team to field a total of 18 players throughout the season, adding to the zones player depth at this level. Adding to the success, Mila Reuelu-Buchanan was also awarded the Beko League Player of the Year.

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Our Wellington U17 retained their national title and Manawatu U19 were second at their respective tournaments. The Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse had their most successful season under the guidance from Yvette McCausland-Durie. The team secured a home elimination final against the Mystics, winning this thrilling encounter 59-52 to travel to Invercargill to take on the Southern Steel in the inaugural ANZ Premiership Grand Final. The Steel proved too strong in the final, winning 69-53. Five players received national honours in 2017 with Katrina Grant and Whitney Souness selected in the Silver Ferns and Katrina was honoured as the captain. Tiana Metuarau, Mila Reuelu-Buchanan and Kimiora Poi were all selected for the NZ U21 team that went on to win the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana. Additionally Amliaranne Ekenasio, Claire Kersten and Tiana Metuarau are all members of the Silver Ferns Development Squad.

Sue Gordon (Chair), Carol Sander, Scott Moran, Owen Gibson, Graeme McCullough, Fay Selby-Law, Lee-Anne Taylor, Oriwia Raureti

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Brigit Hearn, CEO Jen Hooper, Performance Development Manager Amy Eckersley, Community Netball Manager Tammy Mehrtens, Acting Community Netball Manager Geni Tuilagi, Coach Lead/Development Manager Tori Harding, Junior Development Officer Tamika Green, Junior Development Officer Sally Hayes, Events and Business Relationship Manager Leanne Harris, Office Manager/Silvermoon Tactix Team Manager Sue Hawkins, Silvermoon Tactix Head Coach (December–April) Marianne Delaney-Hoshek, Silvermoon Tactix Head Coach (April onwards) Steve Brooker, Commercial/Sponsorship (December–July) Megan Keith-Mitchell, Commercial/Sponsorship (July onwards)

Zone Board Anne Marett (Board Chair), Jan Barber, Tim Kerr, Scott McCrea, Lynette Rayner, Vicki Reid, Darren Wright (NNZ Appointed)

List of Centres Buller, Christchurch, Geraldine, Golden Bay, Hokitika, Hurunui, Kaikoura, Malvern, Marlborough, Mid-Canterbury, Motueka, Nelson, North Canterbury, Selwyn, South Canterbury, Temuka, Waimate, West Coast

Hard work behind the scenes has ensured that this year has been Mainland’s most successful Tactix season on the court since 2009. It takes time to turn performances around, and we are moving in the right direction both on and off court with our players, coaching, management, support services personnel and environment. It was highlighted this season through the success in the Beko Netball League by the Hellers Mainland team and the promotion of Marianne Delany-Hoshek to head coach of the Silvermoon Tactix. A key focus for Netball Mainland was to see athletes able to move between the two teams seamlessly – in both the Beko Netball League (BNL) and ANZ Premiership. We also appointed three assistant coaches to work alongside Marianne with the aim of creating depth and building the capability of our coaches. The result of our overall approach was underlined with improved performances on court from the Hellers Mainland BNL team and a shift from the bottom of the ladder in 2016 to grand finalists in 2017. Marianne’s involvement with the Silvermoon Tactix and a commitment from the players resulted in an ANZ Premiership season that produced great heart, fight and determination. Our Silvermoon Tactix team have been wonderful ambassadors having delivered more than 450 hours of community events, sponsor engagements and coaching sessions – ranging from breakfast with Ronald McDonald House residents, in-schools programmes, ANZ futureFERNS Roadshows and coaching at Netball Centres. The future is an exciting one – we continue to show our appreciation and thank our band of sponsors, commercial partners, fans, funders and members, who have supported us, stuck by us and seen the vision of what we want to achieve. Netball Mainland have shown strong leadership in ensuring quality community sport opportunities, which has been recognised by Sport NZ, choosing us as a targeted organisations to be part of a pilot looking at enhancing participant experiences. We have continued strong relationships with tertiary education providers across the Zone, including Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury. Our Centres have been busy and are now all endorsed for the futureFERNS programmes, ensuring quality delivery. Netball Mainland have increased capacity and capability in the coach developer space, with 16 new accredited independent coach developers spread across Centres in the Zone. Participant numbers grew by 3 percent and nearly 2,500 coaches attended ANZ futureFERNS workshops and developing modules. Over 100 secondary school students trained as coaches and 930 junior coaches, while Netball Mainland has 16 new Zone umpires, five new NZ C umpires and one new NZ B umpire. Netball Mainland remains committed to planning and developing Netball and working collaboratively with Centres, stakeholders and volunteers in our Zone to ensure positive outcomes for all.

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Netball South The 2017 season will undoubtedly be etched into Netball South folklore as one of the most successful in the Zone’s history. Conquering all opposition, the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel recorded the perfect undefeated season with 21 wins to clinch both the inaugural ANZ Premiership and Netball Super Club titles. In the 2017 Beko Netball League, the Georgie Salter-coached Netball South team performed admirably to earn third overall. Testament to the development occurring in this next tier of players, four were seconded into the elite ANZP ranks following a van crash in June that injured four of the Steel’s leading players. In the face of adversity, and with the South players embracing a tough task, the result was an emotionally-charged victory for the Steel over the Silvermoon Tactix. National honours were earned by several players from the South, including Silver Ferns Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Shannon Francois, Gina Crampton and Jane Watson. Abby Erwood and Aliyah Dunn featured in the NZU21 team, which won the World Youth Cup in Botswana, while Jennifer O’Connell and Jamie Hume were in the wider squad. Erwood was also named in the Silver Ferns Development Squad while Hume was selected in the 2017 Fast5 Ferns. St Hilda’s Collegiate proved dominant on the secondary school scene, winning the South Island title in Christchurch to secure a place at the NZ Secondary School Championships where the team finished eighth overall. On the Community front, the rollout of the Junior Netball Programme continued with all Centres making good progress, bedding in modifications tailored to Years 5 and 6. Centres have fielded consternation from parents unsure about the benefit of changes while others with children further down the track of the new programme are already seeing those benefits realised. It’s been great to see their patience rewarded. Netball South’s Performance Programme continues to excel with identified talent being able to tap into expertise across all facets of the game. It was pleasing to see the skills extend into the secondary school campaigns and therefore spread the skills throughout the teams. Athletes from the Performance Programme were invited to attend Beko trials in October with several earning selection into the wider squad for 2018, reflecting the development occurring as a result of Netball South’s commitment to this age group. 2018 bodes well for Netball in the deep south as we continue to strive for success on and off the court.

Zone Staff • Lana Winders, Chief Executive Officer • Jo Ward, Community Netball Manager (October onwards) • Lauren Jarvie, Community Netball Manager (May–September) • Jan Proctor, Office Manager • Kate Buchanan, Corporate and Communications Manager • Sonya Fleming, Event Manager • Carla O’Meara, Marketing and Event Coordinator • Reinga Bloxham, Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Head Coach/Performance Manager • Lauren Piebenga, Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Assistant Coach/Performance Manager (in-season) • Dayna Kaio, Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Team Manager • Jess Huia, Coach Development Officer • Colleen Bond, Umpire Development Officer • Sophie Johns, Otago Development Officer • Alex Morrison-Bailey, Southland Development Officer • Lisa Ransom, Programme Administrator (August–October)

Zone Board Paul Buckner (Chair), Adrienne Ensor, Dean Johnston, Alistair McKenzie, Kerry Seymour, Angee Shand, Colin Weatherall (NNZ Appointed)

List of Centres Central Otago, Central Southland, Dunedin, Eastern Southland, Invercargill, Menzies, North Otago, South Otago, Upper Clutha, Wakatipu


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Like all parts of Netball New Zealand, 2017 presented itself as an incredibly exciting year with a number of unknowns in the Commercial space. It ended as a year where NNZ welcomed a number of new partners, said goodbye to a fond friend and enjoyed all the relationships that were in place for 2017.

SILVER FERNS The Silver Ferns test matches in South Africa and England in January/February 2017 were the last test series that New World would feature as the brand on the iconic black dress. NNZ and New World have been partners for nine years and shared a tremendous journey as New World truly made a difference to the game in New Zealand, with many New World stores taking up local sponsorships with Clubs and Centres around the country and supporting their communities. New World’s relationship was truly top to bottom of the game. NNZ would like to acknowledge and thank New World for all it has done in inspiring Netballers all over New Zealand and beyond.

For the test matches in August, September and October, NNZ introduced new major partners to the Silver Ferns. For the home season, the Silver Ferns welcomed both MYOB and ANZ onto the dress. MYOB is a company that makes a major difference to many New Zealanders either through their accounting software or via payroll (1 out of 3 New Zealanders are paid by MYOB). As the new Silver Ferns Principal Partner, we are looking forward to working with them over the next few years as we share common values and dreams but ultimately both believe in New Zealand and in New Zealanders achieving great things. Having branding on the dress was part of the introduction of one of NNZ’s longest serving partners, ANZ, into the international game. Long associated with our elite competitions and our futureFERNS programmes, ANZ are now sponsors of the Silver Ferns. Their work around communities in New Zealand is immense and is showcased by their ‘Dream Big’ and ‘Dream Delivery’ activations, and those who attended their activities before test matches would have enjoyed experiencing their understanding of how important Netball is to New Zealanders. For the home international season, we continued to enjoy the fantastic support of Pita Pit, Sealy, House of Travel, SKY Television, NZME, BLK, Asics, Gilbert, Powerade and Elastoplast

and were also pleased to have Wrigley, Special K, Suzuki, Lee Kum Kee, TAB, Veuve du Vernay and Augustine join us as sponsors. ANZ PREMIERSHIP The inaugural Premiership had ANZ as the Naming Rights Sponsor, a position that they had held in the previous transTasman elite competition for eight years (ANZ Championship). ANZ sets the standard for activating its partnerships, and this year was no exception as we collaboratively worked to establish strong interest in the competition. The first year was a massive undertaking for all involved with 47 matches played and ANZ providing the third quarter entertainment on court at all of these games, as well as a number of other initiatives. In this year ANZ were joined by Beko, Suzuki, TAB, BLK, Asics, Gilbert, Veuve du Vernay, SKY Television, NZME and GJ Gardner Homes as official partners of the ANZ Premiership. NETBALL SUPER CLUB Netball Super Club was set up in a short timeframe and NNZ enjoyed support from not only some of our national partners, in particular Beko, Gilbert, SKY, NZME and Suzuki, but also local Nelson businesses. Jens Hansen Jewellers, Intepeople, Annies, McCashins Brewery, Kono and Tasman Bay Fruit all ensured that Netball Super Club in Nelson got off to a successful first iteration. However Netball Super Club would not have been possible without the support of Nelson Regional Development Agency and the passion of the Nelson people. BEKO NETBALL LEAGUE This was the second year of the Beko Netball League and once again Beko provided fantastic opportunities for fans to win home appliances like washing machines and fridges. Their support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to working closely again in 2018 to keep top level amateur Netball in New Zealand strong. Osmosis supplied the uniforms for all six teams.


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As well as all our great partners NNZ also enjoys relationships across other parts of our business.

With all the changes that NNZ have gone through in 2017, it was imperative that we had a strong relationship with our broadcast partner, SKY Television. SKY and Netball have had a relationship now for a number of years, and we are truly appreciative of the work that SKY does to bring world-class production to homes around the country and indeed around the world.

In particular, ANZ have been the naming partner for the ANZ futureFERNS for the past four years and have been supportive in the formative years of this programme. In early 2018, we will be announcing a new naming rights partner for futureFERNS with Mother Earth, who have been a fantastic associate partner of the futureFERNS programme, taking the next step in their partnership. SKY Television were also partners to the futureFERNS programme in 2017. GJ Gardner Homes became the official sponsor of Umpires through all levels of the game. We continued our great relationship with Barfoot and Thompson in their role as an official sponsor of our coaching programmes. Further relationships exist with BLK and Asics in and around our age group teams and with Gilbert as official ball supplier to all our NNZ run tournaments and competitions. Thrifty Rental Cars took over as our official rental car partner later in the year and, in doing so, have made some exceptional rates available to all levels of our game. ICG are a valuable and inspiring partner for our marketing team and KPMG support our Finance Team.

SKY backed the changes that happened between the 2016 and 2017 seasons and supported NNZ to get the ANZ Premiership and Netball Super Club off the ground in a successful first year. Of course, they also continued their support of Silver Fern Test Matches. Netball was available free-to-air on Prime Television through a mixture of full delayed coverage of Test Matches and highlight packages of both the ANZ Premiership and Netball Super Club. SKY also supported our age-group tournaments, in particular the hugely popular NZ Secondary Schools Champs with a programme showcasing the four day event shown shortly after it.

Both SKY Television and NNZ look forward to growing the viewership of our sport. NZME provided live radio commentary of all Silver Ferns Test Matches and some ANZ Premiership matches. Their promotion of our Netball competitions is highly valued. NNZ also developed relationships offshore resulting in our Netball matches being broadcast around the world.


NNZ would like to acknowledge the wonderful funding support received from the following organisations:

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2017 was a year of mixed fortunes for the Silver Ferns, the results not always having the desired outcome but doing enough to lay important groundwork for the bigger picture.

Starting in January, the Silver Ferns played out a hectic 15-test international programme across both hemispheres and had a number of highs interspersed with disappointment as the build towards April’s Commonwealth Games began in earnest. By the time the international season wrapped up in October, two key elements had emerged, namely the Silver Ferns have plenty to ponder ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games and England and South Africa have rising credentials. There was enough evidence from the performances of the Silver Ferns, the Australian Diamonds, the England Roses and SPAR Proteas during 2017 to suggest there is now a more competitive edge at the top end of world Netball and, on their day, all four have the strike power to rise to the occasion. As a result, the Silver Ferns can take satisfaction from their exploits to grab the Netball Quad Series title and the Taini Jamison Trophy during August and September. With the back-to-back retirements of seasoned campaigners Casey Kopua and Anna Harrison, the focus in 2017 was on building depth and establishing a solid platform. As a result, it was largely a new-look, young Silver Ferns squad tasked with taking the team into a new era.

Dominant across the court, the Silver Ferns introduced their tallest player, goalkeeper Kelly Jury, into the fray for her international debut before marching to a decisive 61-37 win. In a clinical outing, the Silver Ferns wrapped up the runner-up spot with an emphatic 70-39 win over South Africa.

Celebrating their first visit in 20 years, the Silver Ferns completed their Northern Hemisphere tour with a twotest series against Wales. Delighted to have the Silver Ferns in their midst, Cardiff turned on a warm welcome for the visitors, the New Zealanders revelling in the opportunity to give their less experienced players, such as Maia Wilson, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Gina Crampton, Samantha Sinclair and Kelly Jury valuable exposure in the 92-27 and 72-39 wins. The return Netball Quad Series hosted by New Zealand and Australia in August/September resulted in a riveting spectacle, the competitiveness between all four teams highlighting a welcome depth of rivalry at the top of world Netball.

Leaving no stone unturned in preparing for the Commonwealth Games, different squads were chosen for each series with the purpose of testing and identifying a variety of combinations and personnel. The Silver Ferns made the long trek to South Africa in January for the Netball Quad Series opener against Australia. Energetic midcourter Samantha Sinclair had the distinction of making the starting seven on debut when becoming Silver Fern No 165, a slow start by the women in black proving the difference in an otherwise even contest, which the Diamonds went on to win 57-50. The teams then headed to England for the completion of the series, the Silver Ferns producing a sizzling performance to outclass the experienced home team, which included former Diamond Chelsea Pitman.

The Silver Ferns opened their campaign with a hard-fought 63-56 win over the ever-improving SPAR Proteas in Brisbane. Outstanding shooting from Maria Tutaia and Bailey Mes was a crucial feature in the win while fleet-footed wing attack


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Whitney Souness made the most impressive of debuts to launch her international career. Back on home soil, the young and less experienced Silver Ferns could not hold off a resilient England Roses, the visitors going on to snatch a 49-45 victory in Auckland. Without the experienced Tutaia (on bereavement leave) and the 1.92m Jury (injured), the Silver Ferns led at every quarter break, but the veteran England side held their nerve to take the lead in the last two minutes and hold on to notch their first win of the series. The move to Invercargill for the last round of matches turned the series on its head. After the SPAR Proteas upset England 54-51 to start proceedings, the Silver Ferns needed to beat Australia by four to win the Quad Series outright.

In a stunning turnaround, the hosts ambushed the Diamonds with a dominant 57-47 outing, controlling proceedings from the outset to win the Netball Quad Series for the first time. It also marked the Silver Ferns’ 50th win over Australia.

With the new shooting combination of Selby-Rickit (goal shoot) and Mes (goal attack) paying dividends and an outstanding defensive showing from Jury, it was the young guns who led the way in a classy Silver Ferns display. England remained in New Zealand for what proved to be an exciting and compelling Taini Jamison series between two evenly-matched teams. Coming home strongly, the Silver Ferns turned the tables on the Roses to seal a 62-55 win in the series opener in Porirua. The pair delivered a pulsating spectacle, going toe to toe throughout the 60 minutes, the Silver Ferns pulling away in the final stanza to reverse the result of their four-goal loss to the same opponents in the Netball Quad Series just over a week earlier. The Silver Ferns welcomed back their vice-captain Tutaia, the silky-skilled shooter turning in a player of the match performance to drive her team home. Coming into the squad for the series, midcourter Grace Rasmussen and defender Temalisi Fakahokotau left their mark in telling contributions. Three days later, a defiant England kept the series alive after repelling a late-charging Silver Ferns to clinch a hard-fought 49-46 win in Napier.


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The experienced Roses replied decisively in an intense second showdown, having the better of the first half before the Silver Ferns produced a stirring second half where the teams went neck and neck down the home straight. Tenacious wing defence Claire Kersten became Silver Fern No 168 when introduced for the second half with England wresting the initiative in the dying minutes. In the decider in Hamilton, Captain Katrina Grant celebrated her 100th test match in style by leading the Silver Ferns to a well-merited 62-55 win. The popular Grant became just the seventh Silver Fern to achieve the century milestone. Preserving their proud record in the Taini Jamison Trophy, the Silver Ferns dug deep to keep a spirited England at arms-length in what was a dogged series. The Silver Ferns broke the 1-all deadlock with a strong start and finish to repel


an improved and competitive England before adding the Taini Jamison Trophy to the Netball Quad Series triumph. Following their recent success, there was a high degree of expectation on the Silver Ferns ahead of the four-test Constellation Cup with two matches apiece held in New Zealand and Australia. Both teams introduced new personnel for the Constellation Cup, the Silver Ferns expecting a Diamonds backlash following their Netball Quad Series loss. And, that is exactly what happened. There were signs of rustiness from both teams in the opener in Auckland, each having numerous opportunities to wrest the initiative but being unable to deliver.

... the Silver Ferns turned the tables on the Roses to seal a 62-55 win in the series opener in Porirua.



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Trailing for much of the match, the Silver Ferns came home strongly to close within one several times but could not make the final breakthrough as the Diamonds held on for a 57-54 win. It was much of the same when the teams moved on to Christchurch. The Silver Ferns got away to a solid start, having their moments to stay in touch throughout but ultimately were unable to thwart Australia’s dominance and stamp their own mark. There were promising passages from the Silver Ferns but they could not match an improved Diamonds who showed dogged determination in posting a 60-52 win. Their second win in New Zealand handed the Diamonds a big advantage with the next two games being played in Australia. The Diamonds secured the Constellation Cup with a 55-43 win in the third test in Adelaide, the Silver Ferns being unable to build on an impressive third quarter when they had pulled themselves right back into contention. Despite an improved showing, the Silver Ferns could not prevent a clean sweep when the Diamonds surged to a 58-42 win in the fourth test in Sydney.

As they showed throughout the series, the Silver Ferns had their moments but a lack of consistency and an inability to nail their opportunities were constant themes in a disappointing finish to the season.

Bearing in mind the youthfulness of the side, the Silver Ferns will be better for the experiences of 2017 where a host of players have been given opportunities at the highest level. They have had a taste and with competition building for Commonwealth Games spots, a season of mixed fortunes could yet have a silver lining.

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FAST5 Ferns After a busy year for New Zealand’s frontline players, a new-look 10-strong squad was chosen for October’s Fast5 Netball World Series in Melbourne.

A crop of exciting young talent was introduced for the fastpaced shortened version of the game. Thrown an invaluable opportunity to gain vital experience in such an electric atmosphere, it was a challenging assignment for the FAST5 Ferns with half their squad never having previously played the shortened version of the game. That included silky-smooth shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio, who made a remarkable return to international Netball just four months after the birth of her first child, quickly establishing herself as the FAST5 Ferns long bomb specialist.

There were a number of commendable performances with athletic defender Temalisi Fakahokotau, captain Storm Purvis, Zoe Walker, Kayla Cullen and midcourt rookies Whitney Souness and Erikana Pedersen all having their moments. Coming into the tournament as the most inexperienced team of the six-strong line-up took its toll on the FAST5 Ferns, who finished out of the medals for the first time in the event’s history when they placed fourth. The FAST5 Ferns had the toughest of starts, against eventual title winners England in their opening match. Against a starstudded international line-up, the youthful FAST5 Ferns were well in the contest heading into the last quarter. But despite the best efforts of Ekenasio, the New Zealanders could not overcome the defensive squeeze England applied in the run home. With big game players Jo Harten and Geva Mentor rising to the challenge, England sealed their first-ever FAST5 win over New Zealand with a well-executed 37-30 opening result. The FAST5 Ferns got their campaign back on track with an impressive second outing to claim a 40-26 win over South Africa.

However, in the last game of the first day, New Zealand could not match the power play finesse of arch rivals Australia as they tumbled to a 40-30 loss, leaving the FAST5 Ferns needing other results to go their way to stay in title contention. Those hopes were dashed in their opening match of day two when they lost 30-23 to a well-performed Jamaica. The FAST5 Ferns earned themselves a place in the third/fourth place play-off when edging a gallant Malawi 29-27 in one of the tournament’s thrillers. Ekenasio, at the pressure-cooker shooting end, and live-wire defender Fakahokotau were influential figures in helping the FAST5 Ferns fend off a determined Malawi who had done more than enough to sniff an upset. The defending champions eventually had to settle for fourth after falling 34-15 to Australia in the play-off phase. The FAST5 Ferns made a promising start, but as they had been throughout the tournament, they were hampered by an inability to make the most of their power play, with Australia taking full toll.


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... the NZU21s retained a singleminded focus throughout in delivering a consistently high standard of play...


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In winning back-to-back Netball World Youth Cup titles for the first time, the NZU21 team left a special imprint on 2017.

Anchored by a Silver Fern at each end of the court, in the form of shooter Maia Wilson and defender Kelly Jury, the richlytalented NZU21s swept all before them in an unbeaten run to the title in Botswana, successfully emulating what had been achieved in Scotland four years earlier. In securing New Zealand’s fourth Netball World Youth Cup title, the young women in black exemplified their progress as high-performance athletes with the associated professional standards required thanks to the testing grounds of the ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League. NZU21 coach Kiri Wills credited the recent introduction of the two domestic competitions as being a key factor in the team’s success, the experience of performing under pressure week-in week-out paying huge dividends. No stone was left unturned in a thorough preparation a long way out from the tournament, which relied heavily on collaboration with the franchise and Beko coaches and the willing participation of the athletes themselves, who pushed their own boundaries in setting exacting standards. Being staged in Africa for the first time meant the event also presented a totally different raft of challenges for those involved which were all taken in stride. With flexible athletes willing and happy to work in any environment, nothing phased them. The team lived their values of being hard working and professional, so when unexpected things happened, they worked through them together. As for the tournament itself, the NZU21s retained a singleminded focus throughout in delivering a consistently high standard of play even against much less experienced teams where it would have been easy to take the foot off the pedal. That included posting the highest individual score of the tournament when accounting for Sri Lanka 125-15. Frequent changes were made throughout matches, with all 12 players transitioning seamlessly to arrive at the final with their nearest challenger being 37 goals adrift. That presented the small dilemma of whether they had been tested sufficiently for the showdown against Australia.

They had tried to emulate what to expect later in the tournament during the earlier games by adding constraints during game play and hitting incredibly tough targets. In that respect, the team’s ability to consistently maintain their standards paid off in spades. Trailing narrowly through the first half of the final, the NZU21s patiently bided their time while gaining a semblance of control.

A decisive second half performance tightened their grip, the New Zealanders coming home strongly to keep Australia at bay while recording a history-making 60-57 win. The NZU21 shooters excelled, the quartet being the leading scorers or initiators for their teams, all four out-performing every other shooter in the competition when it came to getting goals in. The efforts of the NZU21s in Botswana has sent plenty of healthy signals regarding the state of Netball in New Zealand, with an exciting queue of Silver Ferns in waiting now a distinct reality.


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Squads& Teams

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Silver Ferns Squad

Silver Ferns Development Squad

New Zealand U21 Team

Gina Crampton – Q, T, C Kayla Cullen – T, C Temalisi Fakahokotau – T, C Monica Falkner – Q, T Shannon Francois – Q, T, C Katrina Grant (Captain) - Q, T, C Kelly Jury – Q, T, C Phoenix Karaka – Q Bailey Mes – Q, T, C Grace Rasmussen - T Te Paea Selby-Rickit – Q, T, C Maria Tutaia – Q, T, C Samantha Sinclair – Q, C Whitney Souness – Q, C Jane Watson – Q, T, C Maia Wilson – Q, C

Ellie Bird Ameliaranne Ekenasio Abby Erwood Jamie Hume Claire Kersten Tiana Metuarau Erikana Pedersen Storm Purvis Michaela Sokolich-Beatson Zoe Walker

Charlotte Elley Aliyah Dunn Abby Erwood Monica Falkner Fa'amu Ioane Kelly Jury Kate Lloyd Tiana Metuarau Kimiora Poi Mila Reuelu-Buchanan Michaela Sokolich-Beatson (Captain) Maia Wilson

Anna Harrison – R Claire Kersten - T KEY R – Retired C – Constellation Cup T – Taini Jamison Trophy Q – Netball Quad Series COACH: Janine Southby ASSISTANT COACH: Yvette McCausland-Durie OPERATIONS MANAGER: Esther Molloy PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Brett Woodley/ Mark Overington PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Dr Bobby Willcox STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: Stephen Hotter DOCTOR: Dr Mel Parnell

FAST5 Ferns Kayla Cullen Ameliaranne Ekenasio Temalisi Fakahokotau Monica Falkner Jamie Hume Erikana Pedersen Storm Purvis (Captain) Whitney Souness Zoe Walker Maia Wilson COACH: Kiri Wills ASSISTANT COACH: Margaret Forsyth MANAGER: Leanne Harris PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Corina Ngatuere

COACH: Kiri Wills ASSISTANT COACH: Julie Seymour MANAGER: Jill Clapcott PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Jen Ferguson PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Anna Cave DOCTOR: Dr Penelope Day

New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Tanya Earle Lyanne Eukaliti Victoria Kolose Tamara Leoni Bianca Nagaiya Theresa Ngata Ainsleyana Puleiata (Captain) Renee Savai'inaea Greer Sinclair Diahn Te Pania-Strickland Braxton Te Riini Lahaina-Lee Upo-Toparea COACH: Mary-Jane Araroa ASSISTANT COACH: Charissa Barham MANAGER: Meghan Robinson PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Amanda Foster PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Joanna Horan


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Snapshot January–February

Netball Quad Series February

ANZ Premiership Pre-Season March–June

ANZ Premiership March–June

Beko Netball League April

World Masters Games April–July

ANZ futureFERNS Festival Days July

Netball Super Club July

Netball World Youth Cup July

Netball NZ U19 Champs July

Netball NZ U17 Champs August–September

Netball Quad Series September

Taini Jamison Trophy September

NZSS Team Tour October

Constellation Cup October

NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs October

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Netball New Zealand 2017 Annual Report


Events Overview New competitions, new teams and new venues – it was all about bringing Netball to life throughout New Zealand in 2017.

2017 saw the launch of the new elite Netball league – the ANZ Premiership. From an event delivery angle, key features include the Super Sunday triple header match days. These were a great innovation and provide opportunity for fans to see all six teams on one day. Wednesday night play was a new initiative, which met with reasonable success. Attendance and membership building is a focus of the ANZ Premiership for 2018, and there were some promising indications throughout the year – with Steel exceeding 800 members, Pulse achieving the highest audience to a match of 2,700 and the Stars gaining momentum filling their venue on regular occasions. Teams challenged themselves to look at new ways to present their games and add to the overall ‘sportainment’ experience, including hospitality options and partner activations, and helping to deliver a premier product. Year two of the Beko Netball League saw an increase of teams from five to six, which added more matches to the overall schedule – 10 televised and 21 non-televised matches in total. Beko games were played across the country, extending our reach into communities that do not regularly see national level Netball, including Gore, Tokoroa, Ashburton, Otaki, and Papakura. This increase at the elite level added to the opportunities for players, coaches and officials.

Once again Netball New Zealand were proud to be able to deliver successful domestic age group and secondary school events. NZ Under 17s were held for the first time ever in Pukekohe. The entire town embraced the 40 teams, with some tremendous play and players and coaches gaining experience. The finals were played under cover courtesy of Pukekohe’s fantastic canopy, which also sees the Netball Centre as a fully integrated and utilised hub of activities across the community. The NZ Under 19s were held in Wellington at the ASB Sports Stadium, which was also concurrently running a national age group basketball tournament, meaning the environment was high energy and pulsating throughout. Again some athletic and competitive play resulted in close fought matches with

the invitational England U19 side adding an international perspective to the event. NZ Secondary School Champs were held at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua with the top 16 secondary school sides from around the country. There were strong support crews accompanying the teams with three and four generational families in attendance. This year, NNZ introduced a whānau function to acknowledge the support of families and schools, which was very well received. Howick College took out the title in the final in a tightly contested match – the first time for this school at the event making this effort a record setter. 2017 also saw the introduction of Netball Super Club, a new initiative hosted in Nelson, which saw eight teams – three from New Zealand and five from Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, South Africa and Australia – play off for ultimate honours. It was under a tight timeframe, and was tremendously well-supported by both the wider Nelson community and the international Netball community. Features of this event were the integration of local entertainment and community sectors and the opportunity to engage new partners and undertake new, fun activations. This event has tremendous capacity to develop and help grow Netball, not only domestically in New Zealand but internationally, providing a critical development opportunity for all aspects of the game. This year the team oversaw the running of seven international test matches hosted in New Zealand, five of which were sellouts, reinforcing the appetite across the country for attending quality live Netball events. We have had very positive feedback on the event experience from all matches with notable features being the massive 98 square metre screen at Spark Arena for the Constellation Cup, the half-time extravaganza in Invercargill during Netball Quad Series and the atmosphere in the two packed out test matches in Claudelands, Hamilton, and Horncastle Arena in Christchurch. Matches played at both Pettigrew Green Arena in Napier and Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua also delivered high-energy atmospheres with great crowd engagement. Across the seven Silver Ferns home games 25,000 people saw live international test match Netball, with all three tests in the Taini Jamison Trophy series achieving 100 percent ticket sales.


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ANZ Premiership

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There was an air of excited anticipation when a new era of elite level domestic competition was unveiled in 2017, in the shape of the inaugural edition of the ANZ Premiership.

And at season’s end, there was plenty of satisfaction following the first instalment after Netball New Zealand had made the bold decision to break away from nine years of the previous trans-Tasman competition and make the return to a unique stand-alone domestic showpiece.

There was a recognisable return to playing the game in a more traditional New Zealand style while incorporating the advancements made during the semi-professional era, the public giving its seal of approval through increased viewing numbers.

New entity the Northern Stars, based out of south Auckland and started from scratch specifically for the new competition, joined regulars SKYCITY Mystics, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse, Silvermoon Tactix and Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel in heralding the arrival of the sixstrong ANZ Premiership.

As the most settled team coming into the competition, the Steel proved themselves a cut above the rest in a historymaking season to claim the inaugural title.

Played over 13 rounds with all teams meeting each other three times, a healthy diet of Netball featured three times a week on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. This included three Super Sundays when all six teams played at the same venue on the same day, in Hamilton, Invercargill and Auckland in Rounds 1, 6 and 12. The season culminated in a two-game Finals Series featuring the top three teams. Coaching staff, players and management were presented with fresh challenges, including teams having 10-player rosters, playing each opponent three times and back-to-back turnarounds but by the end of the three-month campaign, the general consensus was overwhelmingly positive. The return to an almost daily dose of local derbies heightened the sense of team loyalty from the fan base, a new cross-town rivalry between the two Auckland teams was born, and most importantly, a new generation of exciting young talent was exposed to elite level Netball. The young certainly didn’t disappoint, holding their own with the more established names while highlighting an encouraging depth of talent across all areas of the court. A new competition will always take time to bed-in, and the ANZ Premiership continued to evolve as the season progressed. The latter part of the season delivered on all fronts, unexpected twists and turns keeping the teams and spectators on edge, the make-up of the Finals Series not being decided until the 45th and final match of the regular season.

Showing their true character, the southerners overcame adversity in the form of a frightening van accident at the tail-end of the season, which left four of their frontline players nursing injuries and out of action. With the two worst affected, inspiring captain Wendy Frew and shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit, showing great courage to return in time for the Grand Final, the unstoppable Steel put their stamp on a sensational season.

Fittingly, the efficient and clinical Steel went through the season unbeaten, clinching an impressive 16th successive win in the season’s showcase Grand Final. Breaking new ground became a hallmark for the Pulse this year and although well-beaten in the Grand Final, the Wellington-based team had a season to savour.


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Facing a mammoth challenge in the final match of the regular season, Magic needed to restrict the Stars to 48 goals and win by 15. The Magic were left agonisingly close when the margin stood at 13 as the final whistle blew, winning by 58-45 and in the process opening the door for the Mystics. Following the birth of her daughter, highly-respected captain Casey Kopua made a welcome return to the Magic this season, showing she had lost none of her outstanding playing qualities.

Captain Katrina Grant’s long years of loyalty were finally rewarded when she led a resurgent Pulse to the post-season play-offs for the first time in their 10-year history. In the process, the emergence of exciting new talent in the form of teenaged shooter Tiana Metuarau and fleet-footed wing attack Whitney Souness provided plenty of optimism for the future. The Mystics would look back on their season with some regrets. Stacked with exceptional talent, inconsistency proved a major hurdle. Left relying on other results, the Mystics squeezed into the Finals Series before being halted by the Pulse. On their day, they were an exhilarating team to watch, the efforts of stalwart defender Anna Harrison and sharp-shooter Maria Tutaia headlining the up-and-coming talent provided by Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Elisapeta Toeava and Samon Nathan. Giving it their best shot, WBOP Magic were desperately unlucky not to make the Finals Series, finally missing the cut for the first time in their history.

Starting the season with a hiss and a roar, the Magic fell away in the latter half, but there is talent to burn in this team and the likes of Kelly Jury, Monica Falkner and Ariana Cable-Dixon will only get better. It was a similar story for the Stars. Beset with early injury problems and the difficulties of setting up a new team, the Stars had their teething problems. But when they got it right, they could compete with the best, going on to post upset wins over the Mystics and Magic. Veteran defender Leana de Bruin was an influential figure throughout, but the team struggled with consistency. They had a talented roster and now with a season under their belts will look to be a more settled unit next year. The Tactix had a challenging season on all fronts, but there were enough encouraging signs at season’s end to suggest a change in fortunes is close. Defender Temalisi Fakahokotau excelled in her move south, midcourter Erikana Pedersen was a key contributor and the emergence of towering goal shoot Ellie Bird have set the tone for the future.

ANZ Premiership Trophy As a sport steeped in history and a source of national pride, the battle for on-court supremacy is now captured in a masterpiece honouring the fierce rivalries and strength showcased in the league. The ANZ Premiership trophy is the culmination of four months of workmanship and artistry from some of the nation’s best, all under the guidance of Emblems New Zealand. The trophy features two silver spheres wrapping themselves around a Netball; representing the past and the future of this great game, its colours symbolic of New Zealand and mounted on a sturdy wooden base. The trophy was presented to the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel, winners of the inaugural ANZ Premiership.

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Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel Te WÄ nanga o Raukawa Pulse SKYCITY Mystics Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Northern Stars Silvermoon Tactix


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Kate Burley

23/04/97 181cm GK, GD, WD

Kayla Cullen

13/02/92 183cm

Leana de Bruin (C)

09/07/77 190cm


Sulu Fitzpatrick

20/08/92 187cm


Holly Fowler

18/07/97 181cm


Fa'amu Ioane

11/03/96 172cm


Emma Iversen

21/02/89 171cm


Afa Rusivakula (FIJ)

22/06/92 183cm


Courtney Tairi

15/07/88 180cm


Malia Vaka (nee Paseka) 23/09/94 183cm



Maia Wilson

21/09/97 187.5cm




Tera-Maria Amani

06/08/93 183cm


Sasha Corbin (ENG)

23/04/88 170cm


Anna Harrison (C)

15/04/83 188cm GK, GD, WD

Bailey Mes

27/05/89 187cm


Samon Nathan

07/12/92 178cm


Mererangi Paul

29/10/98 171cm


Storm Purvis

20/04/93 186cm


Michaela Sokolich-Beatson

02/10/96 184cm


Elisapeta Toeava

10/03/94 161cm


Maria Tutaia (C)

18/02/87 188cm


Brooke Watt

14/11/93 181cm




Ariana Cable-Dixon

05/09/93 169cm


Monica Falkner

08/04/96 181cm


Sydney Fraser

30/09/98 174cm


Kelly Jury

22/10/96 192cm


Casey Kopua (C)

19/06/85 188cm


Grace Kukutai

10/01/97 176cm


Alex MacLeod-Smith

10/11/88 180cm GD, GK, WD

Amorangi Malesala

19/07/98 179cm


Lenize Potgieter (RSA) 02/05/94 187cm




Grace Rasmussen

18/03/88 177cm


Samantha Sinclair

05/06/95 171cm


COACH: Julie Hoornweg ASSISTANT COACH: Temepara Bailey MANAGER: Dee Leggat STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: Aaron Boslen PHYSIO: Sharon Choie PERFORMANCE ANALYST: Jess Souchon

COACH: Helene Wilson PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST COACH: Jenny-May Clarkson MANAGER: Meghan Robinson STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: Emily Nolan PHYSIO: Itabera Otumuli

COACH: Margaret Forsyth SPECIALIST COACH: Amigene Metcalfe MANAGER: Sandra Carter PHYSIO: Clarke McKenzie

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Te Amo Amaru-Tibble

11/05/89 182cm


Sara Bayman (ENG)

23/12/84 181cm


Sheridan Bignall

10/04/92 174cm


Karin Burger

12/04/93 184cm


Katrina Grant (C)

06/05/87 186cm GK, GD, WD

Phoenix Karaka

06/11/93 186cm


Claire Kersten

09/07/89 175cm


Tiana Metuarau

15/01/01 183cm


Whitney Souness

12/10/95 174cm


Cathrine Tuivaiti (VC)

25/10/86 189cm




Kadeen Corbin (ENG)

27/11/91 175cm


Charlotte Elley

24/06/96 174cm


Temalisi Fakahokotau 09/09/94 182cm



Brooke Leaver

17/12/93 183cm


Kate Lloyd

10/06/96 192cm


Nicola Mackle

28/09/92 169cm


Jess Moulds (C)

08/11/89 188cm


Erikana Pedersen

28/07/94 173cm


Hayley Saunders (VC)

02/07/89 179cm


Anna Thompson (VC)

18/06/86 175cm GS, GA, WA

Zoe Walker

11/11/93 183cm GK, GD, WD



Gina Crampton

07/12/91 174cm


Abby Erwood

18/04/97 181cm


Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (JAM)

21/07/89 198cm


Shannon Francois

12/10/90 178cm


Wendy Frew (C)

15/10/84 174cm


Jamie Hume

22/03/96 182cm


Jennifer O’Connell

16/06/97 193cm


Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit

03/04/89 184cm


Te Paea Selby-Rickit

14/01/92 188cm


Jane Watson

07/03/90 183cm GK, GD, WD



COACH: Yvette McCausland-Durie ASSISTANT COACH: Sandra Edge MANAGER: Jo Holmes STRENGTH & CONDITIONING: Adam Allen PHYSIO: Nikki Lynch

COACH: Marianne Delaney-Hoshek MANAGER: Leanne Harris PHYSIO: Sharon Kearney

COACH: Reinga Bloxham ASSISTANT COACH: Lauren Piebenga MANAGER: Dayna Kaio


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BekoLeague Netball

FINAL PLACINGS: 1 Central 2 Mainland

3 South 4 Waikato Bay of Plenty 5 Northern Marvels 6 Northern Comets

Netball New Zealand 2017 Annual Report


A year on from its introduction, the Beko Netball League continued to reinforce the vital role it plays as a key element in Netball New Zealand’s performance pathway.

With the formation of the Northern Stars for the new domestic premier competition, the Northern Comets were added to the 2017 Beko Netball League. This made it a six-team competition, which featured a double round-robin with 10 televised games on SKY Sport and 21 stand-alone games. In all, the league consisted of 31 games run over 13 weekends, allowing players to continue with work and study commitments, culminating in a Grand Final. Learning important lessons from the inaugural season, the development of talent and competitiveness rose to new levels in 2017, and more importantly, most teams worked closely throughout with their senior ANZ Premiership teams. None more so than Netball Central, who after finishing runner-up last season, iced the cake perfectly in 2017 when they delivered a blemish-free run to the title. Winning 10 out of 10 through the regular season, the well-performed Central were pushed hard in the Grand Final by Mainland before sneaking home 43-41. Teams were able to name up to three ANZ Premiership players – who had not played more than 36 quarters in that competition prior to the current Beko season – on their match list alongside the emerging players from their Zone, which included a host of rising secondary school talent. That proved crucial in ensuring ANZ Premiership players who were not getting a lot of court time at the top level played plenty of minutes in the Beko Netball League, in a win-win situation for both parties. Enthusiastically embraced by the five Zones (with two teams from Northern), the week-in week-out training and competition preparation provided the perfect set-up for upskilling the young talent on hand.

The simulated environment has proved instrumental in preparing players, coaching staff and team personnel for the step up to the next level of semi-professional Netball. Central made no race of claiming one of the two Grand Final spots well ahead of time, with three rounds still remaining, to be the dominant team in 2017, but it was a close tussle to find their opponents. With six wins and 26 points, it was Mainland who made it through, defending champions South ending up with 20 points, Waikato Bay of Plenty 19 and the Marvels 18, all finishing in a tight cluster. Still an evolving tournament, the impact of the Beko Netball League has been clear for all to see. With the respective ANZ Premiership and Beko teams from each Zone working in tandem, there has been a flow-on effect in producing a natural pathway to the elite level.

There has been a steady stream of fresh young talent introduced to the high-performance environment, in some cases, the experience pushing the second-tier players up to the next level in quick time. It has helped forge a strong zonal allegiance from players, the homegrown aspect being a dominant factor and reinforcing the Zone’s commitments to retaining their own. The Beko Netball League is more than delivering on what it was designed for – strengthening the performance pathway, developing talent and building the competitiveness of Netball New Zealand’s elite teams.


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SuperClub Netball

Netball New Zealand 2017 Annual Report


Going hand-in-hand with New Zealand’s new elite domestic competition was the successful introduction of the inaugural Netball Super Club tournament.

Taking place at the conclusion of the ANZ Premiership and with Nelson securing the hosting rights for the first three years, Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse and the SKYCITY Mystics (the top three New Zealand teams) were joined by the Gauteng Jaguars from South Africa, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, NSW Institute of Sport from Australia, the Celtic Flames from Wales and Marama Vou from Fiji in the eight-team line-up for 2017. In a hectic schedule across the week-long event, 20 matches, all televised live on SKY Sport, were received enthusiastically as a wide variety of Netball talent from all corners of the globe showcased their unique skill sets. The tournament itself was warmly embraced by all the teams involved, the less experienced nations revelling in the opportunity to match their skills with the best, the Flames and Marama Vou enjoying the addition of two experienced Silvermoon Tactix ANZ Premiership players apiece in their ranks. Playing without constraint, the top four (the New Zealand and NSWIS teams), delivered some high-quality Netball, employing their squads to the maximum in giving their younger and less experienced members plenty of court time. The untouchable Steel put the seal on a perfect season to outclass the Mystics 79-58 in the final, completing an unbeaten run during 2017 with a record 21st successive win. With the concept still in its infancy, Netball New Zealand was well-satisfied with the first instalment. The engagement with the community from the outset was a significant and positive outcome, and there is every confidence the competition itself will grow and develop across the three years.

Being scheduled at the end of the ANZ Premiership allows teams from international leagues to take part, with many expressing their enthusiasm for such an event once their own leagues have finished.

The tournament’s focus is not only aimed at growing the global game but also at creating a top-level Netball tournament which will expose New Zealand players to other styles of play as they push for international honours. It also mirrors international events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Netball World Cup where games are played on a daily basis, helping players adjust to a format they rarely face. There is a strong focus on having representation from around the world which was certainly achieved this year, the tournament producing a positive blueprint for the coming years.


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Netball Super Club Community Engagement Day On Tuesday 4 July as part of Netball Super Club, teams were invited to participate in community engagement initiatives in the local Nelson district. All teams participated in either school visits or local business visits. The SKYCITY Mystics and Fijian club team Marama Vou were fortunate to visit the incredible Suter Art Gallery while former Silver Fern and SKY commentator Jodi Brown took the Welsh side the Celtic Flames – on the Wilson’s Abel Tasman cruise. It was a perfect Nelson day where the players took the morning off to cruise in style and comfort along the spectacular granite coast and have photographs at the famous Split Apple Rock. The teams from University of Trinidad and Tobago and Gauteng Jaguars visited local schools and shared their love of the sport with young fans. Netball Super Club Community Engagement Day was a highlight for both the local community and the players.

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The Netball Super Club Trophy was created ahead of this year’s inaugural competition and was created by local master craftsmen. The silver-plated masterpiece, created by Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, maker of the world’s most famous ring, was handcrafted in their Nelson workshop and symbolises strength and teamwork, characteristics synonymous with Netball. It features a cedar base made by Jens’ son Thorkild Hansen, now a tutor at the Centre for Fine Woodworking. It comes from the famous 1890 cyprus cedar, which had stood proudly in Nelson’s Queen’s Gardens before the Council had to remove it. It was then gifted to the Centre. Atop the cedar base are seven interlocking rings representing each position on the Netball court. Each ring was hammer-formed into a circle from flat pieces of metal using a technique known as planishing, the resulting hammer marks creating a sparkling effect in the light. A team of experts from Jens Hansen, led by Jens’ elder son and workshop Creative Director Halfdan Hansen, have worked tirelessly on the project to produce this stunning masterpiece. The trophy was presented to the inaugural Netball Super Club champions – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel on Friday 7 July.



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Netball New Zealand 2017 Annual Report

Netball NZ U19 Champs The 2017 Netball NZ U19 Champs headed to the ASB Sports Centre in Wellington from 10-13 July with 20 teams competing for the title, including an England U19 team.

Hamilton City’s greater experience shone through when they held out a determined Manawatu 36-31 to win the final, a significant improvement from their eighth place finish in 2016. Denied the chance to defend their title after losing to Hamilton in the semi-finals, Wellington finished with a flourish to outclass Waitakere 39-21 and seal third spot. Netball New Zealand extend their thanks to Four Winds Foundation for their support in making this event possible. FINAL PLACINGS: 1st - Hamilton City 2nd - Manawatu 3rd - Wellington 4th - Waitakere 5th - North Harbour 6th - Christchurch 7th - Dunedin 8th - Invercargill 9th - England U19 10th - Auckland 11th - Harbourside 12th - Howick Pakuranga 13th - Hutt Valley 14th - Whangarei 15th - Nelson 16th - Hawke’s Bay 17th - North Otago 18th - Mainland 19th - Selwyn 20th - Pukekohe

TOURNAMENT SELECTION: Tori Kolose, Auckland Theresa Ngata, Auckland Amy Carter, England Lyanne Eukaliti, Hamilton City Sydney Fraser, Hamilton City Amorangi Malesala, Hamilton City Lisa Mather, Hamilton City Emily Autagavaia, Manawatu Braxton Te Riini, Manawatu Diahn Tepania-Strickland, Manawatu Emma Lees, Wellington Grace McLean, Wellington Dani Tafili, Wellington Georgia White, Wellington



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Netball NZ U17 Champs Thirty-eight teams and over 450 young Netballers contested the 2017 Netball NZ U17 Champs at Pukekohe Netball Centre from 17-20 July.

Wellington Black A took home the overall honours for the second year running after a fiercely fought final against perennial rivals Auckland 1, fending off a late charge to win 34-25. Netball New Zealand extend their thanks to First Sovereign Trust for helping make this event possible. FINAL PLACINGS: 1st - Wellington Black A 2nd - Auckland 1 3rd - Howick Pakuranga A 4th - Christchurch 5th - Auckland 2 6th - Trust Waikato Hamilton City A 7th - Eastern Waikato 8th - Manawatu 9th - North Harbour 1 10th - Eastern Bay of Plenty 11th - Hawke’s Bay 12th - North Harbour 2 13th - Taranaki 14th - Waitakere 2 15th - Harbourside 16th - Dunedin 17th - Waitakere 1 18th - Whanganui 19th - Trust Waikato Hamilton City B 20th - Whangarei 21st - Thames Valley 22nd - Hutt Valley 23rd - Wellington B Gold 24th - Mangere Otahuhu 25th - Pukekohe 26th - Nelson 27th - Gisborne 28th - Mid-Canterbury 29th - Invercargill

30th - Papakura 31st - North Canterbury 32nd - Kapi Mana 33rd - Selwyn 34th - Rotorua 35th - Kapiti 36th - Ko Rua 37th - Wairarapa 38th - Invitational TOURNAMENT SELECTION: Jess Allan, Christchurch Olivia Clark, Christchurch Tayla Earle, Auckland 1 Maddy Gordon, Auckland 1 Paris Lokotui, Wellington 1 Bianca Nagaiya, Auckland 1 Ainsleyana Puleiata, Wellington 1 Renee Savai'inaea, Wellington 1 Leehava Saverio, Howick Pakuranga Greer Sinclair, Auckland 1 Saviour Tui, Wellington 1 Emily Ussher, Eastern Waikato Greer Sinclair, Auckland 1 Nanise Waqaira, Howick Pakuranga Khiarna Williams, Eastern BOP Ruby Young, Auckland 1

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NZ Secondary Schools Netball Champs The 16 top teams from around New Zealand converged on the Energy Events Centres in Rotorua from 10-13 October to contest the ultimate accolade in schools Netball.

Tournament debutants Howick College completed an unbeaten run at the four-day tournament, beating Saint Kentigern 33-25 in an exciting grand final. Manukura also finished strongly, claiming third position beating Epsom Girls’ Grammar School 37-30. Netball New Zealand extend their thanks to First Sovereign Trust for helping make this event possible. FINAL PLACINGS: 1st - Howick College 2nd - Saint Kentigern College 3rd - Manukura 4th - Epsom Girls’ Grammar School 5th - Waikato Diocesan School for Girls 6th - Mount Albert Grammar School 7th - St Mary’s Wellington 8th - St Hilda’s Collegiate School 9th - St Paul’s Collegiate School 10th - Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt 11th - St Margaret’s College 12th - Ashburton College 13th - Palmerston North Girls’ High School 14th - Queen Margaret College 15th - St Andrew’s College 16th - Christchurch Girls’ High School

TOURNAMENT SELECTION: Jessica Allan, St Andrew’s College Tayla Earle, Saint Kentigern College Ashleigh Garner, Saint Kentigern College Maddy Gordon, Mount Albert Grammar School Tori Kolose, Saint Kentigern College Tamara Leoni, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School Kate Littlejohn, St Paul’s Collegiate School Iva Livani, Howick College Grace McLean, Queen Margaret College Ainsleyana Puleiata, St Mary’s Wellington Renee Savai'inaea, St Mary’s Wellington Leehava Saverio, Howick College Greer Sinclair, Epsom Girls Grammar School Diahn Tepania-Strickland, Manukura Saviour Tui, St Mary’s Wellington Nanise Waqaira, Howick College SHOOTER OF THE TOURNAMENT Saviour Tui, St Mary’s Wellington MIDCOURTER OF THE TOURNAMENT Tori Kolose, Saint Kentigern College DEFENDER OF THE TOURNAMENT Nanise Waqaira, Howick College


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Coaching Forum

Netball New Zealand 2017 Annual Report


The High Performance team continues to deliver on its goal of developing Silver Ferns who win, with successes at multiple levels of the programme throughout the year.

High Performance Coach Development has remained a focus for the High Performance Team in 2017. A highlight of the programme was a two-day high performance coaching forum hosted by Netball New Zealand, supported by High Performance Sport New Zealand and Barfoot and Thompson, which brought together the high performance coaching community. Participants included national squad coaches, ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League coaches as well as six past and present Silver Ferns coaches (Leigh Gibbs, Ruth Aitken, Dame Lois Muir, Waimarama Taumaunu, Lyn Gunson and Janine Southby). Connecting our most experienced coaches with our younger generation of HP coaches created a unique learning environment that benefitted all who attended. The forum focused on a collaborative approach to solving coaching challenges in our HP system and building a shared understanding of the New Zealand style of play. Netball New Zealand high performance players, coaches, support staff and officials have continued to benefit from Prime Minister’s scholarships.

In 2017, 21 players from the Silver Ferns squad, Silver Ferns Development squad and New Zealand U21s squad received scholarships to support their study alongside their Netball. Coaching scholarships provided mentoring support for Kiri Wills from Ruth Aitken during the 2017 World Youth Cup and enabled Janine Southby and Yvette McCausland-Durie to spend time with former USA men’s volleyball coach Hugh McHutcheon. Marianne DelanyHoshek was admitted into the first-year Coach Accelerator Programme to join Helene Wilson, Marg Forsyth and Debbie Fuller, who are already on the programme. National Officials Manager

Garratt Williamson has also received scholarship support for the education and development programme he is running for high performance officials. It’s been a busy year for the High Performance Team with multiple domestic and international commitments often running back to back. This packed schedule provides fantastic opportunities to athletes and management to test themselves against high-level competition, but it is only made possible by the many hours of behind-thescenes work put in by all members of the High Performance Team, as well as support from Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand. Recognition must be made to the talented group of support staff throughout the country, including managers, strength and conditioning managers, physiotherapists, analysts and nutritionists who play an integral role in keeping our athletes in peak condition and providing support in the development and delivery of high performance strategy and programmes.


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Community Netball


The greatest achievement this year for ANZ futureFERNS has been the attendance of 5,956 coaches to the ANZ futureFERNS coaching workshops.


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A focus for Community Netball in 2017 was the development of programmes in the junior space designed to make Netball inclusive, fun and safe for our younger members. These developments flow on naturally from progress made in the roll-out of the futureFERNS programme over the past few years and align with other national initiatives.



Netball New Zealand’s Junior Netball Policy encompasses the organisation and management of junior Netball for 5–12 year old players, (Year 1 to 8).

Four volunteers have been recognised for their commitment and service to their Netball Centres in the Netball New Zealand Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The purpose of the Junior Netball Policy is to provide a framework to ensure opportunities are provided to all children and young people to develop and enrich their lives through Netball in a consistent, safe and nurturing environment. The Junior Netball Policy is player centric and endeavours to make Netball fun and enjoyable, provide consistency of delivery and enhance skill development. By providing challenges and opportunities to experience the joy of achieving, we hope to provide equal opportunities for all junior players regardless of disability, race, religion and culture. This will provide clear pathways for development that will allow participants to fulfil their individual potential and encourage physical activity that promotes health and well-being. Netball New Zealand aims for Netball to continue to be the sport of first choice for young New Zealanders. SAFE NETBALL FOR CHILDREN POLICY Netball New Zealand is committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children participating in Netball. We recognise the responsibility to promote safe practices that protect children from harm and exploitation while participating in our activities. NNZ released the Safe Netball for Children Policy in July, providing a framework that promotes good practice and ensures safe environments are provided for all children. The policy clearly outlines the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act and provides protocols that reduce the likelihood of harm to a child, as well as minimising the risk of an allegation being made. The Safe Netball for Children Policy is governed by the rules and regulations of NNZ as specified by the regulations of Netball New Zealand.

The annual Awards – which celebrate excellence at grassroots Netball – attracted a high standard of nominations in categories including coach, official, administrator and youth. South Zone’s Trudy Cochrane was named Coach of the Year for the work she does with both the South Otago and Dunedin Netball Centres. Cochrane splits her coaching duties between Balclutha and Dunedin, guiding three teams, as well as the South Otago Under-15 representative team. This season she has coached three teams ranging in age from 14 years old to 21 years old. The Dunedin Centre, from the South Zone, is also home to the Official of the Year with Kathi Scott recognised for the work she does with the Centre’s umpires. Scott’s positive attitude is a key attribute and her contribution to developing Centre umpires is invaluable. She also umpires two games a week and holds her Zone theory badge, as well as regularly organising a coaching panel every Saturday, sourcing over 100 umpires every week night to cover the growing Edgar Centre Social Netball competition. Nearly two decades of service to club Netball in Christchurch has seen Cashmere Netball Club member Wayne Hawker awarded Administrator of the Year. For 19 years, Hawker from Mainland Zone has held a number of positions at the club and has also served time on the Christchurch Netball Centre’s executive and competition committees. But it’s his involvement at grassroots level with Cashmere that stands out, playing a major role in reviving the club during tough times and inspiring a number of fathers to take up coaching and administration roles at the club.


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Meanwhile, the Youth of the Year was awarded to Papakura Centre (Northern Zone) volunteer Monique Cox-Timmer.


Described as a youngster who shows qualities in character that far exceed her years, Cox-Timmer assists the Centre in delivering the ANZ futureFERNS programme. She is also accredited to deliver Star Helpers workshops for aspiring coaches of the programme.

It’s been an exacting year for NetballSmart. With greater engagement with ACC, the programme has increased support for the next three years.

The winners of the Volunteer Awards were honoured at the Constellation Cup test match at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch on 8 October.

This has enabled NNZ to fund seven new roles – a NetballSmart Programme Manager (Sharon Kearney) and six NetballSmart Development Officers (NSDO) in the Zones.

Volunteer Awards Winners

NetballSmart connects with the WON plan, with integrated delivery of content through coaching programmes, from high performance through to junior Netball, and immersion in all coaching practices. Smart Netball practices in all areas of coaching will decrease injury rate, increase physical capability and capacity of Netball players and keep players playing Netball.


Trudy Cochrane (South Zone, South Otago and Dunedin Centres) OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR

Kathi Scott (South Zone, Dunedin Centre) ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR

Wayne Hawker (Mainland Zone, Christchurch Centre) YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Monique Cox-Timmer (Northern Zone, Papakura Centre)

NetballSmart needs to be a ‘winner’ as a sports injury prevention programme to ensure we are world leading in our practice to keep athletes in our game. Keeping our pool of players injury free and growing in capacity will broaden the base of internationally competent athletes. A key indicator of success of the NetballSmart programme will be seen with the reduction of Netball injuries, increased player welfare and overall awareness of the NetballSmart programme. ANZ FUTUREFERNS

The development phase of ANZ futureFERNS has been completed with all NNZ affiliated Centres delivering the programme. This year ANZ futureFERNS saw the successful roll out across the country of the Year 5 & 6, 6 v 6 programme. Two-thirds of our Centres rolled out 6 v 6 this year with 87 percent of those that participated in the player participation survey saying they would recommend the 6 v 6 programme to others. Player numbers are stable this year for ANZ futureFERNS, which is encouraging considering the amount of growth we have had over the last couple of years. The greatest achievement this year for ANZ futureFERNS has been the attendance of 5,956 coaches to the ANZ futureFERNS coaching workshops.

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This is an increase of 22 percent compared with 2016. This number of coaches gaining a coaching qualification means our players are receiving a quality experience. ANZ futureFERNS Festival Days were run this year across the country with ANZ Premiership players in attendance and a range of ANZ futureFERNS activities for children. This was a wonderful experience for those players who attended. ANZ futureFERNS is beginning to be embedded in our Netball community and it is with thanks to everyone who supports the programme. COACHING

The 2017 calendar for coaching kicked off with a ‘Better than Before’ NNZ National Coach Development Forum in February. With 65 coach developers and community managers engaged in a professional development focused programme over three days, the forum allowed for forward thinking and planning from a zone and national perspective.




The National Coaching Framework was launched at the Forum dinner on the last night and was also an opportunity to acknowledge Nicola Jones for the service and success of the development and implementation of the Junior Netball programme, known as futureFERNS. Coach Development activity in all Zones has been high with the integration of the Community Coach Award Levels I and 2, creating a greater learning platform for coaches. NNZ NATIONAL TOURNAMENT COACH SUPPORT (U17, U19, NZSS) A pre-tournament coaches meeting was held at each of the major national domestic events, the purpose of which was to share the vision of the Coaching Framework and to offer support for all coaches in a bid to grow a collegial coaching community. This was also an opportunity for PCQ coaches and others to be observed by the NNZ coaching staff and to receive feed-forward. Engagement with the regional secondary school tournaments has been successful also. While these tournaments are outside the NNZ jurisdiction, the secondary school space is our next focus, and it is imperative we gain understanding of coaches and athletes operating in this area.


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SPECIAL PROJECT The target area for the Special Project in 2017 was the Tairawhiti – Gisborne region. NNZ partnered with Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty Zone to focus efforts over a three-day programme, with the primary purpose of meeting the need of Gisborne Netball Centre. This included: • Identifying potential Coach Developers, training opportunities and local support through the RST, Zone and NNZ • Providing training and support in the delivery of 3 x CCA 2 modules, as well as observations of coaches in training and games • Meeting with the Centre Manager and President and the Tairawhiti Sports Trust to provide Centre support.

2017 Netball New Zealand Coach Awards COACH DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR



Natalie Milicich This group will be hosted and presented with their awards at the Taini Jamison Quad Series in 2018.


The NNZ Coaching Awards proudly supported by Barfoot and Thompson recognise service and excellence in community coaching nationwide. Auckland’s Natalie Milicich guided her Central team to their first Beko Netball League crown in an unbeaten season and was named New Zealand’s Performance Coach of the Year. Milicich moved from Auckland to Wellington to take on the opportunity as head coach of Central and re-ignite her dream of making coaching her career. She encouraged a culture that maximised creativity, engagement and an opportunity to learn as she challenged players to find solutions or strategies in high pressure situations. The Community Coach of the Year was awarded to Taranaki’s Che Tamati. Che, who was named Netball Taranaki Coach the Year and is working towards his NNZ Performance Coach qualification, is highly respected by players and is quick to share his coaching skills with other club coaches. The results speak for themselves, coaching both East Netball Taranaki Premier 1 Team and Taranaki Open Representative Teams to unbeaten seasons. The Northern Zone was home to the winner of Coach Developer of the Year with Tania Heap claiming the award. Heap has been praised for her passion for the game but also her ability to listen to what coaches need and finding the best solution to problems. She has taught many of the Centre coaches the ‘Player Centred Coaching Philosophy’ to help equip them and guide their own teams.


This year has been a strong year for Umpires in New Zealand with many achievements at both domestic and international level. The creation of the ANZ Premiership has resulted in a strong core of umpires being developed with exposure to high performance competition on a weekly basis. We had: • Two new International Umpire Awards (Gareth Fowler/Ann Hay) • Seven IUA in 2017 (Anglea-Armstrong-Lush, Jono Bredin, Gareth Fowler, Ann Hay, Danielle Maulder, Lisa McPhail, Kristie Simpson) • One new International Talent Identified Umpire (Ken Metekingi) • Three umpires (Angela Armstrong-Lush, Gareth Fowler, Ann Hay) and one Umpire Coach (Fay Meiklejohn) at WYC2017 Botswana

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• Three umpires (Jono Bredin, Lisa McPhail, Kristie Simpson) and one umpire coach (Jan Teesdale) appointed to CWG Gold Coast 2018 • 20 new NZ Umpire Award holders • 80 new Zone Umpire Award holders • Over 2,400 accredited umpires • Over 350 accredited umpire coaches and assessors. NATIONAL UMPIRE SQUAD (2017) Angela Armstrong-Lush Myron Elkington Tania Fink Gareth Fowler Ann Hay Jess Lea Tanya McCarthy Sasha McLeod Zak Middleton Ken Metekingi Cory Nicholls Paul Smith Kristie Simpson Marise Stuart NATIONAL UMPIRE SQUAD COACHES 2017 Colleen Bond David Palaamo Jan Teesdale NNZ UMPIRE SELECTION PANEL 2017 Pam Clayton (Convenor) David Palaamo Raewyn Ronaldson Jan Skilton Sheena Tyrrell


NNZ UMPIRE OF THE YEAR Cory Nicholls has been recognised with the 2017 Umpire of the Year Award.

The annual award celebrates New Zealand’s best and brightest in the Netball umpiring community and recognises dedication and commitment both on and off the court. A 22 year old student at Auckland’s AUT, Nicholl’s is based out of Netball North Harbour in the Netball Northern Zone, however his inclusion in the NNZ National Umpire Squad in 2017 has seen Nicholls umpiring matches throughout the country over the last 12 months. Nicholls was a regular feature at Beko Netball League matches throughout the season, with his performance throughout the season seeing him take control of the Beko Netball League Grand Final in June. Nicholls also officiated at the inaugural Netball Super Club competition held in Nelson in July, which featured top domestic and international club teams battling it out over four days of competition – a challenge for both players and officials. The Umpire of the Year Award is selected by the NNZ Umpire Selection Panel based on a number of criteria including participation at defined national domestic events as well as performance both on and off the court. Nicholl’s achievement will be recognised with a presentation at the Taini Jamison Trophy series in Auckland in March 2018.

Retirement - Liz Boon After a decade as one of the world’s top International Umpires, Liz Boon decided to put down the whistle at the start of the 2017 season. The decision brings to end an extremely successful career that saw Liz take charge of some of the biggest games on the world stage. An International Umpire for over 10 years from 2005 until her retirement at the end of 2016, Liz was also a familiar face on the side line for local fans, taking control of 66 matches in the Trans Tasman Netball League from 2008 through until 2016. This year we were able to recognise Liz’s contribution to the game with a presentation at the Taini Jamison Trophy match in Porirua in September.


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Partnership Sporting (PSP)

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During 2017, Netball New Zealand (NNZ) joined forces with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in a sporting partnership aimed at promoting and encouraging healthy lifestyles for children in the Pacific.

Netball’s involvement in the Pacific Sporting Partnership (PSP) initiative will be the delivery of Netball participation initiatives over five years to Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. The programme will collaborate with the ministries of health in each country to support raising awareness of healthy lifestyles through nutrition and activity. Implementation of the programme will be staggered across the four countries, with the start of the roll-out getting underway in Fiji and the Cook Islands during 2017 and set to extend to Samoa and Tonga in 2018. New Zealand Rugby is also delivering the programme, with the same scope and timeframe. They are piloting their work in Samoa and will extend it in 2018. A key aim of the PSP is to deliver positive sustainable outcomes while also ensuring ongoing Netball activities can be supported by the national Netball associations. To this end, NNZ is working in partnership with the national Netball associations, with the aim of developing the capability and capacity of these associations. A coordinator will be employed in each country to support delivery while some of New Zealand’s leading sports personnel and administrators will provide direct and indirect support. The long-term outcome is for the reduction of noncommunicable diseases while supporting the more specific results of: • Increased participation in Netball by school-aged children • Increased engagement by parents and communities for children’s sports • Increased capacity and capability of local providers to deliver sports programmes • Improved access to sporting opportunities for all • Increased awareness among parents and children of the importance of physical exercise and nutrition for improving healthy lifestyles. THERE ARE FIVE COMPONENTS (OR OUTPUTS) TO THE PARTNERSHIP, ALONG WITH MONITORING AND EVALUATION: 1. Delivery of sports programmes 2. Provision of necessary infrastructure, support and specific equipment 3. Training delivered to local providers

4. Sports ambassadors involved in delivery of the programmes 5. Delivery of a healthy lifestyles campaign In Fiji the initial focus is aimed at schools. The partnership is sponsoring the development of an Oceania Accredited Coaching Programme. This is targeted at teachers and volunteers new to coaching, providing the basics of coaching young people in sport and introducing Netball to schools. This coaching programme will be deployed across Fiji, starting in the 2017 December school holidays. In addition, the partnership is trialling a school physical education syllabus for year 1 and 2 teachers using the Netball New Zealand futureFERNS programme. The training for this trial is being delivered by Irene van Dyk. In the Cook Islands, the initial programme will be focused in four areas. Firstly, partnering with others to support the reinstatement of Netball courts that have fallen into disrepair. Secondly, working within schools to support delivery of Netball as part of the physical education curriculum. Thirdly, providing coach development support, using the Oceania programme, both in schools and clubs. In addition, the partnership is facilitaing a change in the governance structure of Netball in the Cook Islands. Provision of equipment including balls, bibs, whistles, cones and practice gear will be an important part of all the Netball programmes. The programme start-up in Fiji was officially launched in August and in the Cook Islands in September with Waimarama Taumaunu and Ivan Harre in attendance from NNZ. The programme was officially opened by the respective New Zealand High Commission in each country and attended by government ministry officials and many involved in delivering Netball. The PSP is aimed at supporting both girls and boys, but the Netball initiative is likely to have a greater focus on girls with the broader outcome being the continued growth and development of young women.

Fiji will host the Netball World Youth Cup in 2021 and Samoa is hosting the Pacific Games in 2019, adding to the incentive for young women to become actively engaged in the sport.


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2017 New Zealand Netball Awards In 2017, Netball New Zealand implemented an Awards Recognition Programme (ARP) in place of the previous one-night event. The ARP has been integrated into NNZ events, ensuring recipients are recognised at an appropriate event relevant to their award. NNZ is committed to recognising the achievements of our volunteers, athletes, officials, coaches and members and enjoys celebrating their success throughout the Netball season.

2017 New Zealand Netball Award Recipients

Netball New Zealand Volunteers of the Year 2017



Jane Watson (Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel)

Trudy Cochrane (South Otago and Dunedin Netball Centres, South Zone)


Mila Reuelu-Buchanan (Central)



Kathi Scott (Dunedin Netball Centre, South Zone)

Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Mary’s College, Wellington) UMPIRE OF THE YEAR

Cory Nicholls (Netball Northern)


Wayne Hawker (Christchurch Netball Centre, Mainland Zone) YOUTH

Netball New Zealand Coaching Awards

Monique Cox-Timmer (Papakura Centre, Northern Zone)


Tania Heap (Netball Northern) COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR

Che Tamati (Netball Central) PERFORMANCE COACH OF THE YEAR

Natalie Milicich (Netball Central)

The Dame Lois Muir Supreme Award and Silver Ferns Player of the Year will be announced at the 2018 Netball New Zealand AGM, 24 and 25 February 2018. *Note: for the purpose of assessing or determining the winners of an award, the year for consideration or nomination is from 1 January–14 October 2017.

#1 Margaret Matangi, #2 Jean Mitchell, #3 Elva Divers (nee Howard), #4 Muriel Boswell (nee Howe), #5 Mary Martin, #6 Ethel Withell (nee Neame), #7 Jean Lomax (nee Willson), #8 Oonah Shannahan (nee Murray), #9 Azalea Sinclair (nee Clark), #10 Dixie Cockerton, #11 Josie Hickey, #12 Alison Preston-Thomas (nee Hughes), #13 Mary Sullivan, #14 Dell Bandeen (nee Turner), #15 Beverley Malcolm (nee Avery), #16 Leslie Purvis (nee Black), #17 Joyce Sullivan, #18 Thelma Turner (nee Trask), #19 Rona Woodgyer, #20 Betty Plant, #21 Natalie Wicken (nee Nicholls), #22 June Mariu (nee Waititi), #23 Judy Blair (nee Dunlop), #24 Pamela Barham (nee Smith), #25 Marion Law (nee Johnston), #26 Colleen Falloon (nee McMaster), #27 Lois Muir (nee Osborne), #28 Shirley Annan (nee Patrick), #29 Betty Steffensen (nee Pratt), #30 Margaret Pawson (nee Elliott), #31 Rebecca Chaplow (nee Faulkner), #32 Betty McNamara, #33 Elva Simpson (nee Tait), #34 Joan Harnett (nee Martin), #35 Lesley Harris (nee Baker), #36 Mirth Solomon (nee Te Moananui), #37 Tilly Hirst (nee Vercoe), #38 Ann Rankin (nee Blair), #39 Pam Marsden (nee Hamilton), #40 Billie Irwin, #41 Sandra Easterbrook (nee James), #42 Margaret Filippini (nee Gardiner), #43 Elizabeth Rowley (nee Story), #44 Nancy King (nee Carroll), #45 Shirley Langrope, #46 Lynne Macdonald, #47 Frances Webster (nee Hawe), #48 Brenda Rowberry (nee Walker), #49 Sandra Richards (nee Norman), #50 Coral Palmer, #51 Lorraine Mair, #52 Olwyn McKay (nee Frethey), #53 Lyn Gunson, #54 Beth Huntington (nee Carnie), #55 Frances Granger (nee Rawstorm), #56 Marilyn Munro, #57 Christine Pietzner (nee Cottrell), #58 Georgina Salter (nee Hapuku), #59 Yvonne Willering, #60 Maxine Blomquist, #61 Anne Taylor (nee Downey), #62 Margharet Matenga (nee Kamana), #63 Pauline Knaggs (nee Flynn), #64 Leigh Gibbs (nee Mills), #65 Ruth Aitken (nee Fathers), #66 Margaret Forsyth, #67 Lyn Robertson (nee Proudlove), #68 Geane Hohipuha (nee Katae), #69 Janice Waddy (nee Henderson), #70 Waimarama Taumaunu, #71 Te Aroha Keenan (nee Clarke), #72 Tracey Fear, #73 Rhonda Wilcox (nee Meads), #74 Rita Fatialofa, #75 Sandra Edge, #76 Annette Heffernan (nee Blomquist), #77 Karen Henrikson, #78 Julie Townsend, #79 Liz McJorrow (nee Neilson), #80 Julie Carter, #81 Tracy Shortland (nee Eryl), #82 Denise Felix, #83 Joan Hodson (nee Solia), #84 Angela Bell (nee Pule), #85 Sharon Gold (nee Burridge), #86 Cathrine Wilkinson, #87 Robin Dillimore, #88 Ana Noovao, #89 April Ieremia, #90 Louisa Wall, #91 Tanya Dearns (nee Cox), #92 Carron Jerram (nee Topping), #93 Pania Papa, #94 Leonie Leaver (nee Wendt), #95 Sheryl Waite, #96 Margaret Foster (nee Bray), #97 Lisa Wilson, #98 Bernice Mene, #99 Sheryl Burns (nee George), #100 Gael Nagaiya (nee Robinson), #101 Sonya Hardcastle, #102 Linda Vagana, #103 Leilani Read, #104 Teresa Tairi, #105 Belinda Charteris (nee Blair), #106 Julie Seymour (nee Dawson), #107 Lesley Rumball (nee Nicol), #108 Noeline Taurua, #109 Debbie Fuller (nee Matoe), #110 Anna Stanley (nee Rowberry), #111 Elisa Taringa, #112 Belinda Colling, #113 Tania Dalton (nee Nicholson), #114 Donna Wilkins (nee Loffhagen), #115 Gail Parata, #116 Jenny-May Clarkson (nee Coffin), #117 Sheryl Scanlan (nee Clarke), #118 Jo Morrison (nee Steed), #119 Lorna Suafoa, #120 Adine Wilson (nee Harper), #121 Temepara Bailey (nee George), #122 Irene van Dyk, #123 Vilimaina Davu, #124 Anna Galvan (nee Veronese), #125 Victoria Edward, #126 Angela Mitchell (nee Evans), #127 Daneka Wipiiti, #128 Anna Harrison (nee Scarlett), #129 Leana de Bruin (nee du Plooy), #130 Jodi Brown (nee Te Huna), #131 Joline Henry, #132 Amigene Metcalfe, #133 Laura Langman, #134 Maria Folau (nee Tutaia), #135 Casey Kopua (nee Williams), #136 Jessica Tuki, #137 Debbie White, #138 Maree Bowden (nee Grubb), #139 Paula Griffin, #140 Katrina Grant, #141 Liana Leota (nee Barrett-Chase), #142 Wendy Frew (nee Telfer), #143 Anna Thompson, #144 Larrissa Willcox, #145 Grace Kara (nee Rasmussen), #146 Camilla Lees, #147 Kayla Cullen, #148 Cathrine Tuivaiti (nee Latu), #149 Sulu Fitzpatrick, #150 Bailey Mes, #151 Courtney Tairi, #152 Shannon Francois, #153 Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, #154 Katarina Cooper, #155 Phoenix Karaka, #156 Ellen Halpenny, #157 Ameliaranne Ekenasio (nee Wells), #158 Temalisi Fakahokotau, #159 Malia Vaka (nee Paseka), #160 Jane Watson, #161 Te Paea Selby-Rickit, #162 Storm Purvis, #163 Maia Wilson, #164 Gina Crampton, #165 Samantha Sinclair, #166 Kelly Jury, #167 Whitney Souness, #168 Claire Kersten

1948 - 2017


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Silver Fern Acknowledgements Retiring just two months apart spelt the end of an era when outstanding defensive duo Casey Kopua and Anna Harrison stepped down from International Netball. With 189 test caps between them, NNZ would like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution Casey and Anna have made to the Silver Ferns and international Netball.



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Casey Kopua

Anna Harrison

An in-circle defender of outstanding quality, Casey called time on a glittering 12-year career in March, achieving the rare milestone of 100 test caps while also becoming the Silver Ferns most capped captain in the process.

The 128th player to represent the Silver Ferns, Anna announced her retirement from international Netball in June.

Casey represented the Silver Ferns at three Netball World Cups (2007, 2011, 2015) and three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014), playing in 77 tests as captain. The 101-test defender and double Commonwealth Games gold medallist became the 135th player to represent the Silver Ferns after making her debut in 2005. Earlier that year, Casey had been a member of the World Youth Cup winning NZU21 team in Florida.

Casey received the ultimate accolade in 2009 when she assumed the Silver Ferns captaincy at the relatively young age of 24. A match winner and one of the game’s greatest defenders, Casey showed her durability when returning from a ninemonth lay-off recovering and rehabilitating from a serious knee injury to lead the Silver Ferns at the 2015 Netball World Cup. Widely admired, Casey became the sixth Silver Fern to reach the 100-test milestone in 2015 during the Constellation Cup series. Casey was renowned for her strong work ethic, remaining fiercely proud and loyal to the core. Setting the on-court standards with her strength in the air, through-court carries, ability to make an intercept out of nothing and single-mindedness, others fed off Casey’s sheer determination, a captain who led by example. Casey was awarded an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to Netball in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. After the birth of her first child in in 2016, Casey is now proving an inspiration to the next generation through the ANZ Premiership with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, the club she has remained loyal to throughout her career.


In a colourful career that spanned more than a decade and during which time she reached the top in two sports – Netball and indoor volleyball, Anna amassed 88 test caps and was a player who got better and better with age. Her career included two Netball World Cups (2003, 2011) and three Commonwealth Games (2006, 2010, 2014). Lean and tall, Anna’s aerial ability, long reach and timing were key to her Silver Ferns selection as a 19-year-old in 2002. A menacing presence in the defensive circle, Anna was part of the Silver Ferns gold medal success at both the 2003 world championships and 2006 Commonwealth Games before taking a break to pursue other interests. After playing indoor volleyball for New Zealand, the versatile Anna spent a couple of years on the international beach volleyball circuit before returning to the Netball fold in 2010. The diligent and talented sportswoman regained her spot in the Silver Ferns the same year, attending the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she made a name for herself as a highly successful impact player from the largely unfamiliar position of wing defence. Her presence helping the Silver Ferns secure back-to-back Commonwealth Games gold medals.

Able to cover all three defensive positions equally well, Anna offered variety across the defensive end and became a more devastating player the longer her career progressed. She attracted a massive response from the Netball public and media for a move employed during the 2012 ANZ Championship, which involved being lifted by a teammate to block a shot, which was duly dubbed the `Harrison Hoist’. During her career Anna has had time away for the birth of her two children and continues to play in the ANZ Premiership for the SKYCITY Mystics.


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The Heritage


Silver 1967 Ferns

In September, Netball New Zealand hosted a special celebration to honour the trailblazing Silver Ferns team of 1967, the first from these shores to win a world championship title. Almost 50 years to the day, members of the triumphant 1967 team gathered in Hamilton for the memorable occasion. Fittingly, they also attended the final test of the Taini Jamison Trophy series, named in honour of esteemed coach and Rotorua stalwart Taini Jamison, who was the mastermind behind their unbeaten run to the 1967 gold medal win in Perth.

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The history-making exploits of the '67 team delivered a milestone moment in our sport, the pioneers of the time helping shape the future of the sport and its standing in New Zealand. The New Zealand team had fallen agonisingly short at the first World Tournament four years earlier in England, but with three back from that team, there was renewed vigour and determination to claim the title in 1967. Seven wins from seven matches, including a 40-34 win over Australia in their final match, ensured the Silver Ferns etched their name in the history books. A rigorous eight-day training programme prior to leaving New Zealand, a short tour of Australia and a great team camaraderie were all highlighted as key components to the Silver Ferns unbeaten run to the title. It was a high-calibre team, brimming with talent, and for captain Judy Blair, it was an overwhelming honour to lead her country for the second edition of the World Tournament after also being involved in 1963. “It was very special, and it was very unexpected because we had some senior girls there amongst us,” she said. “A happy team is a winning team. It didn’t matter who went on the court, everyone was happy. We were so close and played for each other. Captaincy was easy to me because I was just one of the girls. “In 1963... losing by one and travelling all the way to England, I remember saying to myself, I will stay around for another four years and we will win. And that’s what we did by six goals, it was tremendous.” Those thoughts were echoed by shooting great Mirth Solomon, the most successful shooter at the tournament and who led the New Zealand team in a victory haka after they won their first world championship. She had no trouble turning the clock back 50 years. Mirth’s personal story is testament to the way that some things remain the same – like the dedication, passion and vitality of New Zealand’s top players to become world champions. “We were very lucky we all got on so well together,” she said of the team. “And we still do. Whenever I’m in Christchurch, I catch up with Judy Blair, our captain in ’67, and we giggle about the things we got up to – things we’ll never repeat to anyone else!”


“The lovely thing about this team was that we could tell each other off on court, and no one took offence. We’d yell: “C’mon, guys, get to it, up the ante! We’ve got to get this right.” Mirth will never forget the jubilation of winning that final game in Perth, and the moment when celebrated Māori composer Tommy Taurima stood up in the bleachers and led the crowd in a mass haka. “When we got home, we didn’t get the recognition that the All Blacks would,” says Mirth, who continued her involvement with Netball as a top-level umpire and president of Netball Rotorua until last year. “But the most wonderful thing was going to the New Zealand championship tournament that year, and the kudos came then. It was a fantastic feeling.” The 1967 World Tournament was also a watershed event in terms of the Silver Ferns playing attire when they turned out in their customary gym frocks for the last time, moving into the accepted era of short skirts and tops. 1967 Silver Ferns: Taini Jamison (coach), Edna Yates (manager), Judy Blair (captain), Margaret Filippini, Joan Harnett, Ann Rankin, Tilly Hirst, Billie Irwin, Mirth Solomon, Pam Marsden, Elizabeth Rowley, Sandra Easterbrook. Netball New Zealand is proud to honour this special team who richly deserve their place in our sporting history. Members of the team (10 players) and coach, Taini Jamison, were honoured at the final Test of the Taini Jamison Trophy at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton. Thanks to First Sovereign Trust who supported the 1967 reunion and acknowledgement.


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In Rememberance The Netball community mourned the passing of three inspiring figures during 2017. Shirley Annan, Joyce McCann and Tania Dalton leave lasting impressions for their wholehearted and selfless contributions to Netball New Zealand.

Shirley Annan (nee Patrick)

Representing Otago and Canterbury at provincial level, rangy defender Shirley Annan became Silver Fern No 28 when selected for the historic tour to Australia in 1960. With just two teams selected previously, in 1938 and 1948, Shirley formed an integral part of the 1960 edition, which provided the turning point for Netball in New Zealand, and with it, the start of the modern era for the sport in this country. Playing under the recently-adopted international rules of seven-a-side, the 1960 Silver Ferns set off across the Tasman for a 15-game tour, 22 years after their historic first-ever test against Australia. It was the first national team to undertake a full-scale tour, which included three tests and 12 other games, the team from 1960 representing a new breed of player and laying the foundation for the game as we know it today. Shirley joined a special group of players, such as, captain June Mariu, Lois Muir, Judy Blair, Pamela Barham (nee Edmonds) and Betty Steffensen, who had the distinction of becoming New Zealand’s first winning team when the Silver Ferns prevailed 49-40 in the first test, on the grass centre tennis court in Adelaide. In mirroring the trans-Tasman rivalry that has long since continued, they lost the second test in Melbourne 44-39 and suffered a heart-breaking 46-45 loss in the final test. Well known for her tight marking without giving away obstruction penalties, Shirley joined a strong defensive unit when selected as a goal defence/goal keeper in the 1960 team.

The 1.79m Shirley was equally adept across all defensive positions, her individual flair ensuring she more than held her own against any opposition. She made her debut against Australia as a 19-year-old. With the next team not named until 1963, it was a short tenure for Shirley, who played all three tests against Australia in 1960. But the former teacher retained a lifelong interest in the game. Shirley enjoyed nothing more than watching her identical twin granddaughters Abby and Sophie Erwood progress from schoolgirl ranks to leave their own mark on Netball. Always on hand to give advice, Shirley was a keen supporter of her granddaughters. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, Abby has gone on to make the Southern Steel team as a defender while Sophie, a shooter, helped Netball South win the Beko Netball League title in 2016. Kind and compassionate, Shirley has left an abiding legacy through her exploits with the trailblazing 1960 Silver Ferns team while passing on her Netballing genes to her talented granddaughters. Shirley passed away after a short illness in March, aged 76.

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Joyce McCann Regarded as a trailblazer, the popular Joyce McCann lived a rich and full life, much of it dedicated to improving the status of Netball, and in the process, being the catalyst for the model on which it is administered today. The oldest surviving Netball New Zealand Life Member, after attaining the status in 1978, Joyce passed away earlier this year at the grand old age of 96. Remaining in the city throughout her life, Joyce was born in Wellington in 1921, her membership with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), fostering a long and fruitful association with sport as a player and administrator of which Netball was the major beneficiary. In what is regarded as one of the milestone moments involving the governance and structure of Netball, Joyce, who was president of Netball New Zealand at the time, made the brave and bold decision to dismantle the existing format during the 1970s and set the national body on the course it follows today. For the first time in its history, candidates from around New Zealand were appointed to represent the Netball New Zealand Board as opposed to the previous locally-based personnel. As manager of the Silver Ferns to the inaugural World Tournament held in England in 1963, Joyce developed a strong bond and enduring friendship with the team’s vice-captain, Lois Muir. The rangy defender went on to forge her own stellar career as a highly successful and long-serving Silver Ferns coach but holds Joyce’s dedication, achievement and insight in the highest esteem. “It was a very courageous decision for the time,” Dame Lois, the first elected coaching convenor to the Board, says. “Joyce instigated that system which was quite revolutionary for the time and is how the model for the Netball New Zealand Board was first started. She was an amazingly forwardlooking woman. “She was highly respected by everyone but also had the great capacity of being able to listen to others. She was a very sincere woman who thought every aspect through to the finest detail with fairness in mind.

“To me, there were two instances – the group that made the decision to go from a nine-a-side to a seven-a-side game and these guys who resigned their positions as executives for other people they felt had the better ability to take the game to the next level as Board members – were the most decisive moments in the evolution of our sport.” Often in the background, Joyce quietly went about advising and passing on her wisdom as she worked tirelessly to improve Netball’s status. She was later awarded an MBE for her services to Netball. Joyce was president of the Wellington Basketball (Netball) Executive from 1959-1967 ahead of filling the same role for the New Zealand Netball Association from 1968-1974. In 1975, Joyce travelled to North America to assist in Canada’s transition to joining the sport at international level. That same year, she became President of the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA), a position she held until 1979. “I can’t say enough about Joyce McCann. She was an amazing woman, a woman before her time because she looked ahead. Her vision had an effect on people throughout the country, she was a person I’ve admired all my life,” Lois says. Sport played a prominent role throughout her life where Joyce was a dab hand at swimming, tennis and golf, and in later years, a passionate lawn bowler. In difficult times for Netball, where promoting change was not easy, Joyce left a lasting legacy while playing a defining hand in propelling the sport into a new era and helping shape its successful destiny during a long, busy and rewarding life.


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Tania Dalton (nee Nicholson)

The sudden and untimely death of Tania Dalton from a brain haemorrhage at just 45 touched people from all walks of life across New Zealand and beyond.

Predominantly a goal shooter, Tania’s strongest asset was her consistent knack of being able to get the ball close to the post. This came through a strong baseline drive and deceptive movement and with it the skill to shift defenders while creating shooting opportunities. She could also mix the circle up with a strong holding game.

The nation joined the Netball community in mourning the fun-loving former Silver Fern with her family, devoted husband Duane and three children Tayla, Charlie and Mattie.

A hard player to stop, Tania was deadly accurate from close range, a high volume and reliable shooter with a solid all-round skill set. A member of the Silver Ferns triumphant 2003 Netball World Cup team, major injuries and time away from the game to have children meant Tania was in and out of the squad.

Tania packed plenty into her short and eventful life, first coming to prominence as a multi-talented sportswoman where she excelled at Netball, basketball, tennis, volleyball and touch rugby. Charismatic and engaging with a trademark wide smile and twinkling eyes, it was on the Netball court where Tania’s sporting prowess shone brightest. A North Harbour girl through and through, Tania also found an equally-welcoming second home in Invercargill when plying her trade during a highly impressive and successful stint with the Southern Sting between 2002-2006. The rangy shooter became Silver Fern No 113 when first called into the team in 1996, kick-starting an international career that spanned 10 years.

After retiring from Netball, Tania channelled her energies into family, the business she and Duane ran, coaching and a number of recreational endeavours before returning to the public eye as a SKY Sport NZ Netball commentator. Blessed with a dynamic and vibrant personality, the prolific tea drinker, affectionately known as TBag, lit up any occasion with her sense of fun and mischievous spirit. She embraced life to the full and crammed in plenty, all the while never losing her competitive edge. With sport playing such a huge part in their lives, the Dalton family has set up a fitting tribute in Tania’s memory – the Tania Dalton Foundation. Scholarships are set to be given out annually in the sports Tania was involved with, the funds primarily to enable athletes to participate in their sport and are aimed to benefit girls from lower socio-economic areas. There has been a massive response with donations flowing in from many different quarters. Tania’s life was all too brief, but she has left a lasting imprint on all those she came into contact with. She reached the pinnacle of achievement on the Netball court while also showcasing her skill set across numerous other sports, which she played with the same joyous spirit. Through the Tania Dalton Foundation and her three children, Tania’s legacy lives on, Tayla already hitting the spotlight with her exploits in age-group Netball and basketball. Netball New Zealand acknowledges the special contribution of Silver Fern No 113, inspirational athlete, coach, supporter, colleague, mum, wife and friend.

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Life Members Life Member in the order they were conferred: Irene McInnes+ Betty Armstrong+ Myrtle Muir+ Mrs E O Schnack+ Sara Foster+ Rena Mackenzie+ Catherine Vautier+ Eileen Lane+ Evelyn Bell+ Margaret McAughtrie+ Ona Coatsworth+ Edna Yates+ QSM Jean Lodge+ Joyce McCann+ MBE Marjorie Jenden QSM+ Anne Taylor OBE Dame Lois Muir OBE, DNZM Judy Russell MNZM Betty Steffensen QSM Dawn Jones OBE, NUNZ Joyce Ellis+ NUNZ Dal Knuckey+ QSM, NUNZ Monica Leggat MNZM Christine Archer Fay Freeman ONZM Sheryl Dawson MNZM Sheryl, Lady Wells CNZM Robyn Broughton ONZM Taini Jamison OBE Marian George QSM Kereyn Smith MNZM Leigh Gibbs ONZM + Now deceased

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L Coatsworth+ Waikato J Durbin+ Auckland J Ellis+ Auckland R Lane+ NNZ President J Lodge+ Rotorua J Rountree Auckland

D Cockerton+ Matamata P Cullen+ Wellington A Elder Canterbury F Gough+ Canterbury E Hoglund (nee Penman) Ashburton D Hughes Canterbury D Knuckey+ NZUA K E J McCann+ Wellington A Nichol+ Canterbury S M J Peacock North Shore J Prevett Matamata S Ramsey Matamata A Taylor Hutt Valley

M Beattie Te Kawau D Dee Nelson M K George (nee Smith) North Shore

1968 D Brown+ NZNA P Cairney+ NZNA V Flood+ NZNA K Palmer+ NZNA V Rainey Waikato I Weston+ NZNA E Yates+ Canterbury

1969 P Bithell+ Taranaki F Gibson+ Wellington

197O R McCarthy Hawke’s Bay H Paul+ Wellington I Stuart Auckland

1971 M Denniston Western Bay of Plenty N Ford South Canterbury T Jamison Rotorua B Marchant Wellington


1976 V Gavin+ Otago E George Otago D Hes+ Southland L McTaggart Otago Y M Sycamore+ South Waikato N Whittleson Otago C E Williamson Poverty Bay

1977 Y A Atkins Hawke’s Bay V Byers Otago M E Lee Hawke’s Bay E Moon Waikato E A Taylor Waikato


1981 L Collins Hawke’s Bay V Fletcher West Auckland B Fryer Poverty Bay I Gurr+ Manawatu M D Jones Auckland J Prankerd Wellington S Sanderson Matamata J Skelsey Whanganui A Sutton Hawke’s Bay A Tippet Southland

1982 N Burns North Otago P Cleland Wellington A Jacobs Howick/Pakuranga D Madgwick North Shore N McLean Western Bay of Plenty I Reeves South Waikato D Smith Wellington B Woodham Marlborough M Wright South Waikato

1983 J Blissett Temuka and Districts M Herron (nee Thompson) Otago A Thurlow Otago


A Gemming Western Bay of Plenty H M V Wickens Te Kawau

S Deeble King Country P McCloy Otago M McConnell+ Otago M McDougall South Auckland L Muir Otago J Russell Auckland S Smith+ Wellington A Temple Wellington




B Ditford+ Canterbury L Duffy Hutt Valley O Husband Ashburton J Lee+ Canterbury M Pierson Hutt Valley H Yates+ Canterbury

M Dorne+ Horowhenua E Hansen Manawatu D Wortman Wellington B Plant+ Wellington N Read+ Canterbury J Selby Manawatu O Shannahan Canterbury B M Steffensen Manawatu

I Graham+ South Waikato M Jenden+ NZNA G Symes+ Hawke’s Bay


R Delamare Eastern Bay of Plenty D Fathers Thames Valley N Harris Kaikoura N Shannon Eastern Bay of Plenty D Simpson North Canterbury A Turnbull Thames Valley

E Findlay Southland

1986 B Harding Hawke’s Bay N Peggs West Auckland B Wood Taranaki

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M Donovan King Country J Williams Howick/Pakuranga

Edna Balle Pukekohe Carole Craighead Auckland Audrey Hinton Pukekohe Lyn Miles Canterbury Annette Orangi+ Canterbury Kathleen Thomas Sunrise Coast Sheryl Wells Auckland Heather Williamson Midland

Sheena Armishaw Whanganui Colleen Bond Southland Hazel Burrowes+ Southland Dorothy Fitzpatrick Marlborough Jean Gillett South Canterbury Pat James Howick/Pakuranga Kay McIntyre North Harbour Maureen Russell Thames Valley Georgina Salter Otago Beverley Tibbles West Coast

1988 H Brewer West Auckland F Freeman North Shore M Kennedy South Canterbury

1989 C Archer Wellington M Leggat Waikato J Murray Canterbury E Robinson South Canterbury

199O R Aberhart Nelson B A McIntosh Mid-Canterbury E A Vernon Manawatu B Wells Auckland

1991 B Armstrong Canterbury A Carnie North Shore S Cooper North Shore M Erickson+ Canterbury S Mackle Temuka and Districts

1992 E Collett+ Waimate S Dawson Bay of Plenty Coast L Fowler Auckland F Howard Western Districts N Ryder+ Waimate N Toomer+ Kapi-Mana

1993 Rita Cosgrove South Canterbury Marlene Flavell Auckland Valerie Fowler Howick/Pakuranga Lyn Gunson Waikato Nita Hornbrook Nelson Audrey Leath Ashburton Patricia Maddocks Wellington Marilyn Munro Wellington Jill Shanley Waikato Lorraine Stowell Ashburton

1995 Lois Bush Auckland Jean Hansen Northland Beverley Harrison Howick/Pakuranga Keitha McKendry+ Manawatu Margaret Sheppard Pukekohe

1997 Janet Hefford Canterbury Jessie Thompson Canterbury Valerie Winder Whanganui

1998 Flora Beynon Buller/Westland Kathleen Farrell Waikato Shona Foxcroft+ Temuka and Districts Alwyn Stiven West Otago Joyce Wallace Waimate Yvonne Willering North Harbour

1999 Margaret Burgess North Harbour Shirley Davis Auckland Wilma Hendry Otago May Laws Otago Gay Netton Horowhenua Ann O’Brien Otago Rose Williams Bay of Plenty Coast

2OOO Kathy Doyle Wellington Kate Leebody Southland Beryl O’Sullivan Manawatu Beverley Raine Taranaki

2OO2 Robyn Broughton Southland Mary Meek Rangitikei Margaret Perry Wellington Ian Schrader+ Otago Carolyn Sengelow South Canterbury

2OO3 Lyn Bailey Howick/Pakuranga Annette Lewis Horowhenua Lyndsay Meads Katikati Doreen Neil Rotorua Hiraina Hilda Ross+ Harbourside Mary Thompson Rotorua

2OO4 Irene Collins North Harbour Joanna Paora Hutt Valley Mirth Solomon Rotorua Elaine Tollen Manurewa Doreen Tucker Dunedin Noeline Ward Canterbury Isobel Whyte Hurunui

2OO5 Marjorie Carr Waikato Eileen Margaret Crowe Christchurch Maureen Flannagan Manawatu Kereyn Smith Netball New Zealand Sylvia Smith Waikato Margaret Spencer+ Auckland Waitakere

2OO6 Norma Bates North Maree Bernasconi Pukekohe Annette Parkinson Manawatu Noeline Ramsey Waiuku Rebecca Tukukino Bay of Plenty

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Anne Bloomfield Western Tina Karaitiana Gisborne Te Aroha Keenan Auckland Waitakere Violet Lynch+ Eastern Southland Margaret Nicholson Waikato Susanne Trim Manawatu

Ruth Aitken Netball New Zealand Dulcie Brunel North Harbour Joanne Davis-Goff Waikato Tracey Fear Netball New Zealand Leigh Gibbs Netball New Zealand Adrianne Hayes Christchurch June Kilgour Howick/Pakuranga Colleen Lyons Otago Carole Maddix North Harbour Raewyn Mills Papakura Helen Schulz North Harbour Cathie Shaw Waikato Eleanor Simmons North Harbour Rhonda Turner Papakura Michele Wallace North Harbour

Ann Condor Central Otago Alison Cormack Eastern Southland Therese Dixon Papakura Rayma Gunson Whangarei Margaret Marsh Christchurch Aileen Mason Waitakere Amanda Nottingham Christchurch Valerie Temm Hamilton City

2OO8 Annette Bradley Whangarei Jan Castle Howick/Pakuranga Suzzanne Driscoll Hutt Valley Anne Marie Leech Mid-Canterbury Julie McDonald Howick/Pakuranga Dianne McTigue Mid-Canterbury Kay Norris Christchurch Christine Rodda Christchurch Sheena Tyrell Mid-Canterbury

2OO9 Margaret Bennie Otago Monica Burns Southland Robin Harding+ Auckland Waitakere Nancy Lewin Kapiti Centre Susan Miller Counties Manukau Theresa Strachan Taranaki Waimarama Taumaunu Wellington Patricia Wyatt Bay of Plenty Diane Yorke Bay of Plenty

2O1O Jan Gallop Tasman Linda Liggins Manawatu Lyn Pellow Auckland Waitakere Ronwyn Wilkins Motueka

2O11 Paula Bailey Auckland Waitakere Karen Brown Southland Madge Cathro Taranaki LeeAnne Clark Auckland Waitakere Shelley Fissenden Kaikoura Susan Hare Hutt Valley Geraldine Hodgson Nelson Raeline Ottley Waimate Ivy Topping Taranaki

2O13 Edna Brown Hamilton City Dorothy Craighead+ North Canterbury Isabel Forrester North Canterbury Lynette Gubb Rodney Diane Moloney South Canterbury Lynn Stratford South Canterbury Mureen Turfrey Eastern Southland

2014 Ngamahirau Grace Barnett Hawke’s Bay Tasi Betteridge Hutt Valley Yvonne Brew Upper Clutha Iwi Courtney Howick/Pakuranga Julie Erskine Invercargill Julie-Ann Hallett Waikato Bay of Plenty Leigh Knight Papakura Sylvia McCleary Hawke’s Bay Briar Martindale Papakura Bronwyn Meek Auckland Michelle Newton North Harbour Grace Rhind Papakura Sheryll Roy+ Dunedin Jan Skilton North Harbour Gail Wenmoth Rotorua

2016 Jane Andrew Nelson Netball Ann Bourne Netball North Harbour Jono Bredin Dunedin Netball Jan Clough Netball Manawatu Kathy Hely Selwyn Netball Anne Marett Mid-Canterbury Netball Veronica Martin Gisborne Netball Marilyn Milne Nelson Netball Maree Smith Nelson Netball

2017 Adrienne Ensor Dunedin Netball Lorraine Tapp Dunedin Netball Irene Takao Gisborne Netball Centre Nina Smith Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre Barbara Reid Mid-Canterbury Netball Rosemary Adlam Mid-Canterbury Netball Karla Newlands Mid-Canterbury Netball Fatulatetele Tolo Netball Wellington Centre Sally Paki Paki Nelson Netball Centre David Pala’amo Christchurch Netball Centre Lee Piper Netball South Julie Seymour Netball New Zealand Sharon Kearney Netball New Zealand Beverley Douglas Netball New Zealand Raewyn Lovett Netball New Zealand Shirley Hooper Netball New Zealand Debbie Hodges Netball New Zealand Dr Lesley Rumball Netball New Zealand Kerry Manders Netball New Zealand

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Netball Plan

2015-2019: Quality Netball Experiences Phase 3, 2017 The following reports on the progress made on the 10 priority projects during the third year of the implementation of the Whole of Netball (WON) Plan.

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“Participation and lifelong involvement”


“Connect more New Zealanders to the passion and excitement of Netball”


• National roll-out of Phase 2 of ANZ futureFERNS has been completed. • The 6 v 6 roll-out is now in 64 Netball Centres. • Participation numbers have been maintained and all current operating Netball Centres are implementing the ANZ futureFERNS programme. • There’s been a 22 percent increase in coaches attending an ANZ futureFERNS workshop. NATIONAL RECREATION NETBALL PROGRAMME


• In terms of elite level Netball, 2017 delivered a year of massive change with the introduction of the ANZ Premiership, which included the establishment of a new team based in south Auckland in the shape of the Northern Stars. • There was also the roll-out of the inaugural Netball Super Club event. A global initiative aimed at including a comprehensive mix of club teams exposing differing styles of Netball in a one-week setting, which replicates a Commonwealth Games or World Cup-type format.

• Programme is on hold pending resourcing. AUCKLAND STRATEGY

• A greater Auckland facilities strategy is ongoing. • Programme is on hold pending resourcing.


• Netball’s brand as a whole and the Silver Ferns brand remain strong – The Silver Ferns’ remain one of New Zealand’s most loved brands and their popularity continues to rise as they find favour with Kiwis across the country, with the All Blacks and the Silver Ferns in the top 20 of the Brand Love poll (Colmar Brunton) • There was the launch of ANZ Premiership – Marketing and Digital campaign alongside all new channels, including a vibrant and information-packed new-look website with full champion data statistics integrated in it. • Launch of Netball Super Club brand and competition.


• NNZ received funding from First Sovereign Trust to enable NNZ to lead and support the delivery of the Heritage Project’s 1967 World Cup Team 50th Anniversary Event. Members of the 1967 team and coach, Taini Jamison, were hosted at the final test of the Taini Jamison Trophy at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton. The team were acknowledged at the game and were included in the stadium pre-match hosting.1967 team reunion story shot. • A formal acknowledgement process is now in place for retired Silver Ferns and umpires – these were integrated into test matches.

Key: Achieved

Partially achieved On hold pending resourcing

• The Digital Heritage Project is nearing completion – video footage, photo galleries and PDF scoresheets/stats will be uploaded into the History Results section of silverferns.co.nz for each test match played since 1938.

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“Sustain our game through a strong Netball system – people, finances, organisations”


• Implemented the national player development plan. • Refined and deliver the high performance Coach Development plan.


• The Hunt for Height programme continued with selected athletes confirmed – the programme included coaching and athlete servicing.

• NNZ developed a National Funding Strategy to provide direction on how targeted funding will best sustain Netball.

• Delivery of the Silver Ferns Development Squad programme.

• NNZ has worked to develop opportunities for national partnerships that benefit Zones.


• NNZ continued its role of providing support to the Zones through a range of areas, including IT, websites, communications, human resources, financial administration and funding support.

• NNZ Coaching Framework was rolled out in 2017. • The High Performance Coaches Forum included seven of the past 10 Silver Ferns coaches alongside ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League coaches, as well as Performances Managers from across the five Zones and umpiring representatives. NETBALL’S HIGH PERFORMANCE STRATEGY AND  SYSTEM • NZU21 won Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana. • NNZ targeted 2017 as an investment year in its talent pathway, and we now have 20 percent more athletes in the system than this time last year. The Beko Netball League is key to that investment in ensuring the pathway and future remain strong. • The Fast5 Netball World Series this year took a development focus, combining some of the Silver Ferns who had limited court time over the international season with members of the Silver Ferns Development Squad.

• NNZ launched its new online shop for all merchandise.


• The progression of the Digital Pathway projects has seen the NNZ Learning and Development platform add more qualifications and resources. • The partnership with Sportsground, which powers the Digital Netball Administration (DNA) solution, has been successful with 74 percent of NNZ Centres now using the system. • The new Competition Management programme, SKED, designed specifically for Netball, is included and part of the DNA solution. The pilot programme was completed successfully and now available to the wider Netball community. • The Membership Management system was approved in Q4 in 2017 and the development plan agreed for 2018.


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Independent Auditor’s Report To the board members of Netball New Zealand Incorporated



Opinion In our opinion, the accompanying special purpose financial statements of Netball New Zealand Incorporated (the group), comprising of Netball New Zealand Incorporated (NNZ) and its subsidiaries on pages 83-88:

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (New Zealand) (‘ISAs (NZ)’). We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our opinion.

i. present, in all material respects the group’s financial position as at 30 November 2017 and its financial performance and movement in equity for the year ended on that date in compliance with the accounting policies on page 85. We have audited the accompanying special purpose financial statements which comprise:

• the statement of financial position as at 30 November 2017;

• the statements of financial performance and movements in equity for the year then ended; and

• notes, including a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

We are independent of the group in accordance with Professional and Ethical Standard 1 (Revised) Code of Ethics for Assurance Practitioners issued by the New Zealand Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants’ Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (IESBA Code), and we have fulfilled our other ethical responsibilities in accordance with these requirements and the IESBA Code. Our responsibilities under ISAs (NZ) are further described in the auditor’s responsibilities for the audit of the special purpose financial statements section of our report. Our firm has also provided taxation services to the group, and have offered our audit services as part of a sponsorship arrangement. Subject to certain restrictions, partners and employees of our firm may also deal with the group on normal terms within the ordinary course of trading activities of the business of the group. These matters have not impaired our independence as auditor of the group. The firm has no other relationship with, or interest in, the group. EMPHASIS OF MATTER – BASIS OF ACCOUNTING Without modifying our opinion, we draw attention to Note 1 to the special purpose financial statements, which describes the basis of accounting. The special purpose financial statements are prepared in accordance with accounting policies on page 84. As a result, the special purpose financial statements may not be suitable for another purpose.


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OTHER INFORMATION The Management, on behalf of the group, are responsible for the other information included in the entity’s Annual Report. Our opinion on the consolidated special purpose financial statements does not cover any other information and we do not express any form of assurance conclusion thereon. In connection with our audit of the consolidated special purpose financial statements our responsibility is to read the other information and, in doing so, consider whether the other information is materially inconsistent with the consolidated special purpose financial statements or our knowledge obtained in the audit or otherwise appears materially misstated. If, based on the work we have performed, we conclude that there is a material misstatement of this other information, we are required to report that fact. We have nothing to report in this regard. USE OF THIS INDEPENDENT AUDITOR’S REPORT This independent auditor’s report is made solely to the members as a body. Our audit work has been undertaken so that we might state to the members those matters we are required to state to them in the independent auditor’s report and for no other purpose. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we do not accept or assume responsibility to anyone other than the members as a body for our audit work, this independent auditor’s report, or any of the opinions we have formed.

AUDITOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE AUDIT OF THE SPECIAL PURPOSE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Our objective is: • to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the special purpose financial statements as a whole are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error; and • to issue an independent auditor’s report that includes our opinion. Reasonable assurance is a high level of assurance, but is not a guarantee that an audit conducted in accordance with ISAs NZ will always detect a material misstatement when it exists. Misstatements can arise from fraud or error. They are considered material if, individually or in the aggregate, they could reasonably be expected to influence the economic decisions of users taken on the basis of these special purpose financial statements. A further description of our responsibilities for the audit of these special purpose financial statements is located at the External Reporting Board (XRB) website at: http://www.xrb.govt.nz/standards-for-assurancepractitioners/auditors-responsibilities/audit-report-8/ This description forms part of our independent auditor’s report.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MANAGEMENT FOR THE SPECIAL PURPOSE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS The board, on behalf of the group, are responsible for: • the preparation of the special purpose financial statements in accordance accounting policies on page 84. • implementing necessary internal control to enable the preparation of a special purpose set of financial statements that is free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error; and • assessing the ability to continue as a going concern. This includes disclosing, as applicable, matters related to going concern and using the going concern basis of accounting unless they either intend to liquidate or to cease operations, or have no realistic alternative but to do so.

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Notes to the Financial Statements for the year to 30 November 2017

1. Accounting Policies REPORTING ENTITY Netball New Zealand Incorporated (NNZ) is an Incorporated Society in New Zealand. NNZ is a Public Benefit Entity. The primary objectives of NNZ is for the administration, promotion and development of Netball. The consolidated financial statements of NNZ comprise NNZ and it’s subsidary New Netball Team Limited and joint venture TTNL Limited together referred to as NNZ. The special purpose financial statements have been prepared in accordance with s23(i) of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. BASIS OF REPORTING The special purpose financial statements have been prepared applying the accounting principles of accrual accounting and the double entry method of recording of financial statements. The special purpose financial statements have been prepared on the basis of historical cost. The financial statements Statement of Financial Position, Performance, Movements in Equity and accounting policies as well as the notes to these statements. The financial statements are presented in New Zealand Dollars (NZ$). CONSOLIDATION The consolidated special purpose financial statements include the parent (NNZ) and it’s subsidary (New Netball Team Ltd) and 50% interest in TTNL, which are accounted for using the purchase method. All significant intercompany transactions are eliminated on consolidation. GOING CONCERN The financial statements have been prepared on a going-concern basis. GOODS AND SERVICES TAX Figures shown in these financial statements are exclusive of GST, with the exception of accounts receivable and accounts payable. REVENUE RECOGNITION The revenue from Sponsorship contracts is allocated over the term of the contract. Where the Sponsorship relates to a specific event the revenue is recognised when the event occurs. The revenue from Grants that are project specific is recognised when the project occurs. CONTRA Contra received is recognised as Sponsorship revenue when amounts are quantifiable in terms of the Sponsorship contract. ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE Accounts Receivable are shown at an amount which represents their estimated realisable value.


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INVESTMENTS Investments have been valued at market value as at 30 November 2017. The movement has been recognised through the Statement of Financial Performance. PLANT, EQUIPMENT AND DEPRECIATION Plant and Equipment is stated at cost less accumulated depreciation. Plant and Equipment have been written off over their estimated useful lives on a straight line basis to calculate the depreciation charge for the period as follows: Office Alterations 10 years Office Equipment 2-5 years Furniture and Fittings 2-15 years Other Equipment 2-5 years UNIFORMS Uniforms are expensed at the time of purchase, unless purchased for future squads. TAXATION NNZ is a Non-profit body for taxation purposes under section CW 46 of the Income Tax Act 2007 and as such no taxation is payable on the profit for the year. CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING POLICIES There has been no change in accounting policies during the year and all policies have been applied on a consistent basis to all periods presented in these financial statements. Some comparatives have been changed to ensure consistancy with current year.

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5. Joint Venture NNZ has a 50% interest in TTNL Ltd. The remaining 50% is held by Netball Australia. This entity ran the ANZ Championship competition until 31 December 2016. TTNL is no longer trading and is in the final stages of winding up. The remaining assets and liabilities are proportionately consolidated within these financial statements.

6. Board Honoraria An honoraria payment was made to Board members for the year as follows: President $10,500, Board Chair $25,000, F&A Committee Chair $13,500, five remaining Board members $10,500 each. The CEO does not receive an honorarium.


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7. Members Equity NNZ 2017 $000

NNZ 2016 $000

General Funds






NNZ 2017 $000

NNZ 2016 $000



Fixed Interest - long term






8. Investments Cash and Fixed Interest - short term

9. Loans NNZ and Netball Central Zone have a loan agreement in place amounting to $105,928 (2016: $105,928). NNZ made a provision of $47,000 for this loan in 2016, a further provision of $58,928 was made in the current year. This agreement allows for interest to be charged at the Lenders request. No interest has been charged or demanded to date.

10. Guarantee NNZ has guaranteed a $100,000 overdraft facility for Netball Waikato Bay of Plenty in 2017.

11. Related Party Transactions A new competition (ANZ Premiership) commenced this year in place of the ANZ Championship. This competition is owned by NNZ and a new company (New Netball Team Ltd) has been established for the new 6th Auckland based team (Northern Stars). This new company is 100% owned by NNZ and is also consolidated into NNZ Group results.

12. Subsequent Events There have been no events subsequent to balance date that would have a material impact on the financial statements (2016: $nil)

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