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Netters Get Super Club Invite

Netters Get Super Club Invite
The Fijian team celebrate after winning the Oceania Youth Championship in Auckland in September. Photo: Vicki Wilson
November 05
13:55 2016

 

Fiji have been invited to take part in a Super Club competition organised by the Netball New Zealand (NNZ).

The Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey has confirmed a meeting with Netball Fiji next week where this is top of the agenda.

England, South Africa, Australia, Jamaica, Scotland and Fiji have been invited to feature in the competition.

Should the tournament go ahead next year, Mazey says this will be a huge development for Fiji Netball.

“I think this is great news for Fiji, especially, with other top countries also being involved as well,” Mazey said.

“It is all about development, with our new coach and our upcoming netball players, I think this could do wonders for us and help grow the sport and also build the players.

“We will be sitting down with Netball Fiji next week and we hope this is one of the things we will be discussing; we will definitely bring it up.”

The initiative to set-up such a competition came about after the split between Australia and New Zealand after the ANZ Championship which led to both countries hosting their own domestic leagues.

With the lack of outside competition, NNZ was concerned the standard of netball would regress.

This is because only those who make international teams are able to gain valuable experience as they play against dominant teams outside New Zealand.

Hence, the idea to set-up a Super Club competition.

This could also be a chance for Fiji to capitalise on the opportunity to play against the best in the world and adapt to their different styles of play.

The competition will be hosted and run by NNZ and the format could see teams playing 20 games in a round robin in early July, next year.

All games will be broadcasted live in New Zealand, with the potential of stretching that further through commercial partners and extended television audiences.

Meanwhile, Fijian Pearl goalshooter Afa Rusivakula is the second Fijian after Vilimaina Davu played in New Zealand’s National Netball League.

Rusivakula signed a six month contract with South Auckland based Northern Stars which is the new and sixth franchise to be included in the League.

She will play alongside netball greats like Silver Ferns Kayla Cullen and Maia Wilson as well as New Zealand veteran defender Leana de Bruin.

The Northern Stars will join Northern Mystics, Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, Central Pulse, Canterbury Tactix and Southern Steel in the new Premiership next season.

Edited by Osea Bola

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