Haier Pulse Head Coach Robyn Broughton will be returning to the franchise for the 2014 ANZ Championship, eager to build on her two successful years at the helm.

The Netball New Zealand Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Hilary Poole as the organisation's new Chief Executive.

Poole was the stand-out candidate from a number of strong applicants and replaces long-standing Chief Executive Raelene Castle.

Netball Central Zone has appointed experienced project director Libby Carson to the role of interim Chief Executive as the search gets underway for a permanent replacement for Chris Hooper, who resigned last week for personal reasons.

Entries are now open for the New World Netball Volunteer Awards 2013 which are designed to recognise the efforts volunteers make in their various Netball Centres throughout New Zealand. New World has partnered with Netball New Zealand again to celebrate the success of the most dedicated netball volunteers by awarding them with national honours. Without the hard work of hundreds of volunteers at Zones, centres and clubs, Netball in New Zealand would not be the success it is today.

Netball Central Zone CEO Chris Hooper will be leaving the organisation on 30 August, after resigning from his position for personal reasons.

The Netball Central Under 23 team kicked off their campaign with a round robin tournament in Timaru. These games are the first two pool matches prior to the Under 19 & 23 Age Group Championships 15th-18th July in Wellington.

On behalf of the Netball Central Zone Board, I would like welcome the teams and volunteers to the 2013 Under 19/23 National Age Group Championships.

Congratulations to the Haier Pulse who rallied in the deep south to take a well deserved victory over the Southern Steel to finish a season best 5th place.