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 So much happens in our sport between editions and we acknowledge the ongoing effort of everyone in our netball community to ensure the game operates smoothly.

On the international scene it was great to see our Silver Ferns in action at the recent Commonwealth Games and in particular it was a thrill to see our Kia Magic players wear their national colours with pride. 

We look forward to the upcoming international series against England and Australia and wish our 8 trialists all the very best as they gather on the North Shore in a couple of weeks to push their claims in front of the national selectors. 

Don't forget our Zone hosts the Silvers Ferns and England in Rotorua on the 28th October.

It was pleasing to see the Zone represented at the recent national Under 17 and Under 19 championships in Tauranga and Dunedin respectively and we congratulate those players who made tournament teams.  We also say "well done" to Eastern Waikato who made it through to the final of the Under 19 tournament.

Our Wintec WBOP Under 23 Zone team went back to back with an exciting win over South Zone in Dunedin.  Congratulations to coach Mary-Jane Araroa, her management team, captain Katherine Coffin and the rest of the squad for a well-deserved victory.

Recently we have announced our Kia Magic squad of 12 to compete in the 2015 ANZ Championship.  We welcome to the team Kelly Jury who is completing her last year at New Plymouth Girls High and who will study at Waikato University next year.  The draw for 2015 will shortly be released which features 6 home games.

Next week sees the start of the Upper North Island Secondary School Tournament (UNISS) in Auckland.  Over 40 teams from across the Zone will be competing and we wish them safe travels and a successful week.  Representatives from our Zone will also be at the tournament in various capacities, from selecting to umpire coaching.  Next year UNISS will be held in Hamilton.

I am sure we are looking forward to the arrival of spring, some warmer weather and perhaps for some a break from the rigours on another netball season.

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Best wishes,

Tim Hamilton

Chief Executive Officer

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