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26 Regional U19 and U21 teams will gather in Hamilton from 14 – 18 July to represent their regions in the New Zealand Age Group Netball Championships.
Minogue Park will host 400 players, coaches and officials with 100 games played during the week. The competition is made up of sixteen Under 19 and ten Under 21 Regional and Centre based teams.
Netball New Zealand Game Development Manager Kate Agnew says the New Zealand Age Group Championships is a key event in the Netball New Zealand Calendar for young players and enables them to test their skills against New Zealand’s emerging talent.
“The Age Group Championships is a very competitive tournament with U19 and U21 players giving everything they can for their region, but also hoping to catch the eye of the National Selectors,” she said.
“With the Netball World Youth Championships next year, every player will be looking to put their best foot forward for selection”.
The NZU21’s were successful in Miami, claiming the gold medal at the World Youth Championships in 2005. This team produced 5 current members of the Silver Ferns squad – Laura Langman, Maria Tutaia, Casey Williams, Liana Barrett-Chase and Katrina Grant
The competition runs Monday 14 July to Friday 18 July, with play beginning from 9:00am. The full draw is available at www.netballnz.co.nz. Results will be emailed to Netball New Zealand’s results list daily at the conclusion of play, and posted on the Netball New Zealand website as soon as possible after the conclusion of each game.