Netball Central Zone would like to congratulate our local and Haier Pulse players for their selection in the Silver Ferns Squad:
Captain Katrina Grant has committed to the Haier Pulse for the 2014 ANZ Championship season, having led the team to fifth place in their record-breaking 2013 campaign.
Netball is New Zealand's leading female sport at both the community and international level. The sport has grown significantly over the past 10 years and has recently undertaken some exciting change.
Wellington is set to establish its position as the venue for all future ANZAC Weekend sporting celebrations, as the city announces another major trans-Tasman event. Earlier this year, St Kilda Saints met the Sydney Swans in an historic ANZAC match, a first for both the Australia Football League (AFL) and the capital and next year elite netball is coming to the party.
In 2014, Wellington will add the Haier Pulse and Melbourne Vixens to the capital’s events calendar when the teams play an ANZ Championship game at the TSB Arena on Saturday 26 April.
Twenty-two outstanding young netballers have been chosen from more than 300 players competing in Hastings for the New Zealand Age Group Championships U17 Tournament Selection.
New Zealand Age Group Championships were held in Wellington from the 15th - 18th July at ASB Sports Centre. The competition was the first National showing for teams under the new Zone Structure and also the debut of the Under 23 grade. Netball Central Zone teams performed well in both the Under 19 and Under 23 grades with Wellington Under 19 coming agonisingly close to taking out the title - going down to Auckland 1 33-32 in the final.
The Haier Pulse home draw for the 2014 ANZ Championship has a distinct regional feel, with games in Napier and Palmerston North, two at Wellington’s TSB Arena and two more at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, the home of the Haier Pulse.
The Haier Pulse have agreed terms with the world’s most capped international player, Irene van Dyk, as they continue to build their squad for the 2014 ANZ Championship.