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

Newcomers Howick College win first national schools netball crown

Stuff: Howick College capped their remarkable first time at the New Zealand Secondary School Netball Championships by winning their first national crown. In their first appearance at the event, the Auckland school beat Saint Kentigern College 33-25 in an exciting grand final in Rotorua. It was the second time the two teams had clashed, with just three goals separating the two when they met in the tournament opener earlier in the week. Howick also won that match, but were forced to come from behind in the grand final, with Saint Kentigern... Read More

NZ’s best come together for NZSS Netball Champs

Netting a second straight New Zealand Secondary Schools title will be the goal for Saint Kentigern College when they join netball’s leading schools in Rotorua. The Auckland school is one of 16 New Zealand teams coming together at the Energy Events Centre in Rotorua from October 10-13 to compete at the national secondary schools championships. The defending champion Saint Kentigern College side, which won the title for the first time last year, returns along with last year’s finalists and fellow Auckland school Mt Albert Grammar School who will be another... Read More