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From tears to triumph: Schoolgirl netballer Grace Nweke’s rapid rise to top

Stuff: Grace Nweke cried after matches at her first age-group representative netball tournament in 2015. Four years on, the Auckland schoolgirl, who turned 17 on February 7, is the rising star of New Zealand netball. The Year 13 Avondale College student, who grew up idolising the finest goal shoot in history, Irene van Dyk, is the most exciting New Zealand netball prospect in many years. Nweke, pronounced ‘Weke’, has made some start to her career in the elite ranks with the Northern Mystics in the national premiership. Click here to... Read More

Celebrating Student Volunteer Week

Netball New Zealand: Fourteen-year-old Hallie has loved netball since the first time she picked up a ball at the age of five. Her passion for the game has led her to put her hand up for anything related to the game, including being a Student Volunteer Coach. “The most rewarding part of volunteering as a coach is seeing what the team has picked up from me during the season to use in the game. Seeing them improve and develop is just the best.” Having successfully coached her 2018 team to... Read More

Tayla Earle named NZSS Netball Player of the Year

Netball New Zealand: New Zealand Secondary School Player of the Year, Tayla Earle, believes the national tournament has been an ideal launching pad for her blossoming netball career. And the 18-year-old will find out next year just how well she is prepared for that next step when she suits up for the ANZ Premiership after gaining a contract with the SKYCITY Mystics. Her signing for next year’s elite domestic league follows three appearances at the Pita Pit NZ Secondary School Championships where she wore the blue dress of Saint Kentigern... Read More

MAGS win sixth NZSS netball title

Netball New Zealand: Mount Albert Grammar School has climbed their way back to the top of New Zealand’s secondary school dais adding to their rich history in school Netball. MAGS led from start to finish in a tough Pita Pit NZ Secondary Schools Netball Championship grand final to beat Westlake Girls’ High School 32-23 at the Southern Trust Events Centre in Timaru. Co-coach Sarah Hann said she was delighted with the final result after what had been a tough week-long tournament. MAGS comfortably reached the championship top eight but the... Read More

Strong start for some at Pita Pit NZSS Netball Championships

Netball New Zealand Former champions Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS) have made their intentions clear from the opening whistles of the Pita Pit NZ Secondary School Championships. The five-time champion school mean business after netting two emphatic wins on the first day of the national netball event at Southern Trust Events Centre in Timaru. MAGS opened its campaign in convincing style with a 56-27 victory over St Hilda’s Collegiate which it backed up later in the day by beating Villa Maria 54-28. They have kept their opponents to single digit... Read More

UNISS win historic first for Epsom Girls Grammar School

Epsom Girls Premier Netball Team created history last week by winning the UNISS Netball Tournament – a first for Epsom Girls Grammar School netball in the 20 plus years the tournament has been played. UNISS is the upper north island qualifying tournament for NZSS Nationals and while the major goal is to qualify for Nationals, Epsom Girls carried their strong form from winning the Auckland Netball Premier Grade final two weeks earlier into the UNISS tournament. A tough semi-final win against Saint Kentigern was excellent preparation for a finals rematch... Read More

Hard work and a change of positions paying off for Vika Koloto

College Sport Media: At the end of last year, Vika Koloto found a new home on the netball court. “I only recently switched from goal shoot to goal attack, “she says. “Late last year the main goal attack in our school team got injured and I had to step up into that position.” “It’s really fun, I love it. I found I like the extra movement and space and feeding goal shoots. I found I got a lot more fitter and everything was perfect for me when I switched positions.”... Read More

NZSS Netball Team Named

The 14-strong New Zealand Secondary Schools Team has been confirmed by Netball New Zealand and will travel to Canberra in October to play the Australian U17 squad. The event runs from 1st-5th October. 2018 New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Addi Albert Jones – Mt Albert Grammar School Bianca Nagaiya – Epsom Girls Grammar School Charity Polu – Sacred Heart College Lower Hutt Georgia Stroud – Villa Maria College Georgie Edgecombe – St Peter’s School Cambridge Greer Sinclair – Epsom Girls Grammar School Khiarna Williams – Trident High School Killarney Morey... Read More

NZSS Netball Squad for 2018 Announced

A 23-strong squad has been named following the National Development Camp in Cambridge last week. NZSS coach Mary-Jane Araroa said a final team would be named after the NZ Age Group Championships in July in the build-up to matches against the Australian Under-17 squad in Canberra in September. “We are excited with what we have seen at the National Development Camp and opted to name a squad at this time to enable us to monitor and track these athletes over the next six months” she said. Araroa said the National... Read More

Onewhero netballer chosen for development team

The Post: Sixteen year old Olivia Carey from Pukekawa loves her sport. She plays netball and basketball, and while basketball is the preference, it’s netball that’s seen her take off. She has played netball since the age of seven, when she was old enough to start. “I’ve been playing since day one,” she said. This year she captained her Onewhero Area School’s top netball team. They went to the Upper North Island Secondary School (UNISS) competition in September. Their team was in the lowest grade, but it was still a tough competition. “We watched... Read More