Press Release – Netball New Zealand
The New Zealand Netball team made a surprise appearance at the New Zealand Age Group Championships Under 17 tournament at Netball North Harbour this afternoon ahead of their departure to the UK this evening.
Playing in thick foggy conditions all day, 40 Netball Centre teams from all over the country opened their campaigns for the four-day tournament, all vying for the Anna Rowberry Cup which will be contested on Thursday afternoon. Christchurch are the current NZU17 Champions, winning the Championships in Hawke’s Bay in 2013.
For many U17 players, the highlight of the day was catching a glimpse of the NZ Netball team ahead of their final training session at home before departing for the Commonwealth Games. The team made their way around the courts, stretching their legs before the long-haul flight to the UK, which follows an official farewell function in Auckland in the evening.
Another familiar face in the crowd supporting her daughter Bianca in the Wellington team at the Under 17s today was Irene van Dyk.
The Tournament is the biggest on the NNZ calendar and is the first time school age players get the opportunity to come under the scrutiny of Netball New Zealand Emerging Talent selectors.
Eight pools consisting of five teams will compete over the next few days, before the top teams start to emerge.
The U17 Age Group event provides players a development pathway and the chance to challenge themselves and showcase their netball talent to their peers, opposition and the Selectors. It is also a vital step in development for coaches and umpires – many of whom are attending their first national event.
The New Zealand Age Group Championships U17 continue through until Thursday at Netball North Harbour in Northcote on Auckland’s North Shore. Entry is free of charge
Please see below for today’s results. Additionally, please note the draw has been updated and the updated version can be found on the Netball New Zealand website.
Auckland (2) defeated Horowhenua 47-24
Harbourside defeated Howick Pakuranga 46-25
Wellington defeated Waitakere (2) 38-14
Eastern BOP defeated Selwyn 40-13
Taranaki defeated Northern Wairoa 43-15
Christchurch defeated Tokoroa 47-16
Mangere-Otahuhu defeated Mid-Canterbury 27-24
Hamilton defeated Hawkes Bay 37-21
Dunedin defeated Auckland (3) 55-21
Nelson defeated East Waikato 43-21
Hutt Valley defeated Waiuku 59-15
Auckland (1) defeated Waipa 45-25
Thames Valley defeated Marlborough 38-17
Kapiti defeated North Harbour (2) 37-27
Manawatu defeated Rotorua 31-26
Papakura defeated Pukekohe 36-22
Waitakere (1) defeated Selwyn 61-8
South Canterbury defeated Horowhenua 33-26
Canterbury Country defeated Northern Wairoa 46-15
Kapi Mana defeated Waitakere (2) 31-17
Mangere-Otahuhu defeated Southland 36-25
Wanganui defeated Auckland (3) 34-27
North Harbour (1) defeated Waiuku 71-11
Wellington defeated Nelson 49-17
Mid Canterbury defeated Waipa 28-24
Dunedin defeated Thames Valley 56-22
Hutt Valley defeated North Harbour (2) 36-20
Eastern BOP defeated Howick Pakuranga 31-24
Auckland (2) defeated Hawke’s Bay 40-34
Pukekohe defeated Tokoroa 29-28
Waitakere (1) defeated Harbourside 44-22
Hamilton defeated South Canterbury 35-29
Manawatu defeated Canterbury Country 33-29
Kapi Mana defeated East Waikato 35-20
Auckland (1) defeated Southland 46-21
Wanganui defeated Marlborough 44-21
Taranaki defeated Rotorua 44-18
North Harbour (1) defeated Kapiti 38-30
Please click here for the 2014 NZU17 Age Group Netball Championships Media Guide.
Three of the final matches will be live streamed on the Netball New Zealand website. These matches include one of the semi-finals, and finals.
Scores will be available immediately after each round on the Netball New Zealand website.