World Netball News : Jan 2022
The latest news from World Netball
We believe that netball can sit at the heart of local communities – as a powerful tool to develop people’s lives and support their wellbeing. This week we’re shining the spotlight on a few projects that are determined to create community opportunities through netball.
We are also celebrating national netball achievements in competitions that have begun to take place across our five Regions.
HNB WIN SRI LANKA’S NATIONAL NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EXTRA TIME
It was a thrilling conclusion to Sri Lanka’s annual National Netball Championship, with extra time needed to separate winners HNB (in yellow) from runners-up Air Force (in blue). Following their victory, HNB had more to celebrate when Malmi Hettiarachchi was crowned Most Valuable Player. Demonstrating their commitment to our sport, leading communications company Dialog Axiata PLC was the lead sponsor for the tournament for the third year.
DOMESTIC NETBALL RETURNS TO FIJI FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 400 DAYS
Last weekend domestic netball returned to Fiji for the first time in more than 400 days due to COVID. The Super Club Championships took place from the 21st – 22nd January with 12 teams participating. Across the 12 teams every member of the current Fiji national squad was competing, and throughout the weekend many more athletes were invited to different programs, under Netball Fiji’s High Performance Program, for the Fiji Pearls. Congratulations to Tagimocia Flames who won the championships after beating Sekoula 32-28 in the final.
You can re-watch all the matches on Netball Fiji’s Facebook page now.
ENGLAND NETBALL AND LONDON PULSE JOIN FORCES WITH LONDON’S METROPOLITAN POLICE
London’s Metropolitan Police joined forces with England Netball and London Pulse players Halimat Adio (left) and Funmi Fadoju (right) recently for the launch of Beyond The Court – a new year-long engagement initiative established to strengthen relationships between young women and police in South London.
The initiative will consist of four netball and three police activity days throughout 2022 that will look to use netball as a vehicle for positive change. In line with their belief in the power of sport, England Netball partner Nike is also supporting the initiative. Learn more about the project on the England Netball website.
WALKING NETBALL RETURNS TO SAMOA
Walking Netball is back by popular demand in Samoa, to support as many people as possible to stay active and social, regardless of their fitness levels or age! The free weekly sessions have no fixed teams, and all that’s required is to put on a bib, join in and have some fun whilst staying active. It’s perfect for those looking for light impact exercise, returning after a prolonged break, or just wanting to try something different.
To find out more about Netball Samoa’s walking netball, visit their Facebook page.
SEVEN NEW UMPIRES COMPLETE THEIR BEGINNERS UMPIRING COURSE IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Seven new umpires in the Republic of Ireland started out on their ‘Team White’ journey last weekend. Led by Netball Ireland’s umpiring convenor, Karen Forde, the budding officials completed their beginners umpiring course in Galway. You can learn more about Netball Ireland’s determined work to develop community netball on their Facebook page.
OECS/ECCB OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED
World Netball has announced the officials selected for the rescheduled OECS/ECCB International Netball Series – 2nd edition, which will run from the 11th – 19th February 2022 at the Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica. Congratulations to all those selected.
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