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Netball New Zealand has today announced the Silver Ferns will play three tests in the New World International Netball Series against an invitation World Team in August and five tests against arch rivals Australia in September 2009.
The Silver Ferns begin the New World International Netball Series with three tests against the Invitation World Netball team consisting of players from Jamaica, Africa, England, Australia and Samoa. The tests will be held in Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland respectively.
The Silver Ferns will then play three tests against the Australian Diamonds in the Holden Netball Test Series in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane before heading home to play them again twice in the New World International Netball Series. The New World International Netball Series first test will be held in Invercargill with the final match-up to be held at Auckland’s Vector Arena.
Netball New Zealand Chief Executive Raelene Castle said she was delighted to secure the eight International tests.
“This is a really important year for the Silver Ferns as they build towards the 2010 Commonwealth Games and we want the Silver Ferns team and squad to get as much competitive international match play as possible,” she said.
The Test dates are as follows:
NEW ZEALAND – New World International Netball Series – Silver Ferns v Invitation World Team*
Mon 24th August, 7.30pm Wellington
Wed 26th August, 7.30pm Energy Events Centre, Rotorua
Saturday 29th August, 7.30pm The Trusts Stadium Arena, Auckland
*Playing for the Taini Jamison Trophy
AUSTRALIA – Holden Netball Test Series – Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds
Sun 6th September, 12:25pm ACER Arena, Sydney
Wed 9th September, 7.55pm Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Sun 13th September, 3.25pm BCEC, Brisbane
NEW ZEALAND – New World International Netball Series – Silver Ferns v Australian Diamonds
Sun 20th September, 4.00pm Stadium Southland, Invercargill
Wed 23rd September, 7.30pm Vector Arena, Auckland
NB. Please note that all stated times are local.