NZSS Netball Team Profile: Avondale College

The 2019 NZSS Netball Championships are at Saxton Stadium, Nelson in the second week of the school holidays from 8-11 October. Sixteen of the country’s leading netball schools recently qualified to attend from the three recent zone tournaments. caught up with Avondale College, who won the national tournament in 2000 and 2002 and have qualified in 2019 for the first time in five years. They are in Pool B, alongside Manukura, Villa Maria College and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School. Click here to read more about the team,... Read More

Hard work continues for Howick College Pathway to Podium Netballers

College Sport Media: Two current and one recent Howick College netballers were recently named in the Pathway to Podium programme. Current students Leehava Saverio and Nanise Waqaira and recent school leaver Teuila Sotutu were part of the Howick College Netball team that won their maiden NZSS netball crown in 2017. They also all played for the U19 Auckland Fiji netball Secondary (AFCN) Representative Team in 2018 and Leehava was selected again earlier this year in the team’s third place finish against the seven other countries who competed in the Internationals... Read More

Auckland teen doesn’t let wheelchair hold her back from umpiring her favourite sport – netball

1 NEWS: Pakuranga College student Gabby Wright has umpired her first ever netball competition from a wheelchair. The 15-year-old is believed to be New Zealand Netball’s first ever wheelchair umpire. “It was really good, I was smiling the whole time apparently,” said Wright. Three years ago Wright was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an in inflammation of the spinal cord which has left her paralysed from the waist down and only a 30 per cent chance of walking again. But that hasn’t stopped the Auckland teen from being a part of... Read More

Touch and netball keeping Jaymie Kolose busy

College Sport Media: ​Jaymie Kolose has recently returned from the Touch World Cup in Malaysia, where the Touch Blacks Women’s side made the final against Australia, and she is in the Warriors Women’s squad for the new NRL Touch competition. She has also been selected in the New Zealand Secondary School Netball Team that is preparing to take on England U19 in July in Auckland. caught up with year 13 Saint Kentigern College’s Jaymie to find out more about her busy sporting life. Click here to read... Read More

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