Issue 11 CENTRE CIRCLE
OCTOBER 2009 BULLETIN
MESSAGE FROM THE NETBALL OTAGO
A big congratulations to Cheryl Blair who was the winner of the New Zealand Volunteer
Coach of the year. Netball Otago asked for nominations from the centres in four cate-
gories to send through to Netball New Zealand to be judged. We were very excited to
2009 hear that Cheryl won the coaching category. Cheryl and her husband were flown to
KEY DATES Auckland to receive her award during the Silver Ferns Series against Australia at the
Vector Arena. Well done Cheryl. You can read more about Cheryl's huge contribution
6—9 Oct NZSS Tournament— to Netball in this edition. Netball still relies heavily on volunteers to keep the game
Timaru going so thank you again to all of you who coach, umpire, manage, administrate or
13 Oct Netball Otago Awards score at all levels of the game.
Evening A highlight in the last few months was the Central Otago yr 6, 7 and 8 tournament in
Alexandra. I was able to attend this tournament as a parent for the first time to sup-
16 Oct Silver Ferns v Eng port my 10 year old. The day was a typical “Central” day – not a cloud in the sky and
20 Oct Silver Ferns v Jamaica provided a picnic atmosphere to the many teams who traveled from around Otago and
Southland to attend. The sidelines were packed with proud parents and grandparents.
22 Oct Silver Ferns v Jamaica Coaches and managers were encouraging whilst the umpires controlled the games well.
The players of course stole the show! They were clearly very excited about the whole
6 Dec NZ Talent Dev. Day
Invercargill team thing especially wearing their centre colours and representing their “town” some
for the first time!! The yr 8 final between Taieri and South Otago was outstanding.
18 Dec Netball Otago Office What an occasion for these young girls with a huge gallery of spectators who all rose to
Closes for 2009 the occasion displaying some outstanding skills – a credit to their coaches. It’s always
11 Jan Netball Otago Office great to win and we encourage this however the “fun” and skill development element
Opens for 2010 was certainly captured on this day and seemed everyone was happy whether they won
or lost. Well done to Central Otago for organising the tournament and to all the teams
11 Feb Netball Otago AGM (parents included) for supporting the game.
Netball Otago Inc. currently has a vacancy for an Appointed Board Member. If you feel
20 Mar ANZ Champs begins you would like to be involved with the strategic direction of Netball in our Region
please contact our office for further information.
Please enjoy this edition of the Centre Circle Bulletin which is a bumper issue. It re-
views the round up of the centre competitions and which club reigned supreme. There
have been some new club champions in some of the centres so congratulations to you.
If you have any suggestions for the centre circle bulletin please feel free to let us
SOUTH OTAGO COACH WINS NATIONAL AWARD
Congratulations to Cheryl Blair from South Otago.
Cheryl has been named as the winner of the Coaching category of the 2009 National
Netball Volunteer Awards. This is a tremendous honour and one which Cheryl
thoroughly deserves after her voluntary commitment to netball in the
Otago community. Cheryl has been coaching netball for 27 years, starting
with school and club teams and then also adding in representative teams
every year since 1995. The rep teams have included every age level in
South Otago plus Otago Age Group teams and as apprentice coach for the
Otago NPC team in 2006. The National Awards presentation took place at
the pre match function before the final New World International test match
featuring the Silver Ferns vs Australian Diamonds at Vector Arena on Sep-
NETBALL OTAGO AGM 2010
Wednesday 10th February 2010
AROUND THE CENTRES
We started the season with a very successful Give It A Go Netball Day. Over 60 children attended and were
kept very busy learning new skills and drills and having heaps of fun. Later in the season we also ran
programmes for Future Ferns and Fun Ferns which also proved
With 30 teams entered in senior and 37 in our junior competi-
tion, it was a busy season once again. We proved netball really
is a winter sport and played in extremely cold conditions but
had only one day cancelled due to snow. Molyneux A looked to
be the team to beat from the outset and this proved to be the
case as they took out both trophies in our Premier competition.
In our Junior Competition, Cromwell College Junior A looked to
be the top team but they didn't reckon on the ever improving
Terrace Green who came out the victors in the final game of
the season and took home the Sellars Challenge Cup for their
Our Year 6 representative team had a wonderful season
winning both the Dunedin Netball Centre tournament as well as
our local tournament. We have some wonderful talent in this team and hope to keep them together in the
future. Congratulations to Becky Slade who passed both her New Zealand Theory and New Zealand Practical for
umpiring during the season - an awesome effort and we at CO Netball are all very proud of her.
Congratulations also to our Award winners, especially Margaret Bennie who was the inaugural winner of the
Barbara Ballantyne Memorial Volunteer Award and also to Sally Bell who was presented with a Central Otago
Netball Service Award.
CENTRAL OTAGO NETBALL CENTRE RESULTS 2009
Premier 1 Barrett Cup Molyneux A
Premier 2 Stella Sanders Cup Roxburgh Area A
Senior 1 Dunstan Trophy Maniototo Red
Senior 2 Alex Mums Cup Ex Girls Social
Senior Reserve Doris Lloyd Trophy Cromwell College Int A
Premier 1 Vincent Shield Molyneux A
Premier 2 Wahrlich Cup Roxburgh Area A
Senior 1 Presidents Cup Dunstan C
Senior 2 Pioneer Trophy Ex Girls Social
Senior Reserve 1 Central Otago Tray Cromwell College B
Goal Average Ettrick Cup Ex Girls Social
Sportsmanship Lewis Cup Dunstan 11A
Sandy Dunlop Memorial Trophy Maniototo Red
Junior Umpire Tegan McKenzie
Umpire: Denise Paulin
Coach Marie Holden
Volunteer Margaret Bennie
CENTRAL OTAGO NETBALL PRIMARY RESULTS 2009
Senior Section 1 Sellars Challenge Cup Terrace Green
Senior Section 2 Pioneer Trophy Clyde Gold
Senior Section 3 Miller Shield Maniototo Rebels
Intermediate Section 1 Wall Cup Cromwell College Jnr C
Intermediate Section 2 Cameron Cup Poolburn
Intermediate Section 3 Evelyn Shaw Cup St Gerards Gold
Junior Section 1 Conder Trophy Clyde Green
Junior Section 2 Medals Alexandra Yellow
Sportsmanship Bell Cup Terrace White
A successful 2009 season for the South Otago netball centre had a fitting finale with three signifi-
cant events finishing the season in style.
The year 8 rep team completed an unbeaten tournament season, winning the Dunedin, Balclutha
and Alexandra year 8 tournaments. The Jackie Ollerenshaw coached side is the first South Otago
team to complete this feat.
The senior prize giving was attended by around 130 people; Dame Lois Muir was the guest speaker,
what an amazing lady she is. Having given us an insight into her playing and coaching career she
then gave some thoughts on the Silver Ferns, answered questions and helped with the presentation
of trophies. Dame Lois encouraged entire teams to come forward and collect their trophies, willingly
and graciously posing for many photos with the teams.
Dame Lois, if you are reading this, which I am sure you will be at some stage, thank you, the impact
you made on all at the prize giving is still being talked about, we think you are wonderful.
Cheryl Blair being named as the New World New Zealand coach of the year was a fantastic way for
the season to end; this was just reward for Cheryl as she has continued to coach a variety of teams
of different abilities for many years with the same level of passion and enthusiasm.
We are looking forward to the new indoor facility which will no doubt enhance the profile of netball
in the South Otago area.
Major Trophy Winners 09
A Grade: Redwyns
Premier: Southyz Black/Gold
Premier 2: School Alpha
A Reserve: School Blue
A Reserve 1: Toko Navy
A Reserve 2: School Social 2
Kylie Smith Memorial
(Most promising player U/17 age group) Melanie Templeton
(Most improved player) Emily Bowden
Janet McPhee Memorial Trophy
(Player in U/17 age group who gives 100% effort in netball) Julia Flett
Netball Upper Clutha has had a great season in 2009.
We continue to grow in team numbers. Our senior competition had 27 teams which played over
Thursday & Friday nights. Our Intermediates played on Friday after school and the Future Ferns
played Saturday mornings.
Representative teams were well covered this year, with us having a team in all areas from Yr 6 –
U17. While not all teams were winners, our girls gained a lot of knowledge and experience from
being able to take part.
Netball Upper Clutha was very proud to have Margo Beattie, one of our umpires gain her New
Zealand badge this year. A great achievement Margo.
Prize giving was held 29th August. We had a great turn out to this. There were many surprised re-
cipients of trophies and certificates.
Two of the most surprised was Sally Jackways and Yvonne Brew who were presented with their Life
Memberships. These two ladies have put an enormous amount of time and hours into netball in our
centre. We look forward to another great season in 2010 and wish all the other centres a Merry
Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
This year started with a hiss and a roar. In our Saturday afternoon Competition we had over 50
teams both competitive and social. These consisted of a lot of Secondary school teams. We wel-
comed East Otago into our competition and we hope they enjoyed their games. The First Division
had five sections which were all hotly contested. We changed the format to shorten our competi-
tion. This involved each team playing the seven other teams in their section once during the first
round. Each section was then split into the top four and bottom four and each team played 3 more
games. If the team was top of their section they were allowed to challenge the bottom team of the
next section. This resulted in 2 games for promotion/relegation. There were then semi-finals and
finals. The first four teams in Division One Section 1 were Kurow, Fat Sally Rovers, Waitaki Senior
Red and Athletic Maroon. The final was a great display of netball with Fat Sally Rovers having a well
deserved win over Kurow. The other Section winners were Waitaki Senior Black, Maheno Black, Val-
ley White and Maheno Misfits.
To get our Juniors in the mood for netball we organised a Development Day which was held in the
Easter holidays. This day focused on footwork, sight drills and positional work. The day was a
great success with over 45 girls attending. Our Junior competition started in May with over 50
teams competing from all the local school and clubs. There were some very cold mornings and it
was great to see all teams enjoying their netball. The Prize giving was fantastic with lots of local
business donating prizes to give to our girls playing and umpiring. We finished the season with the
Otago Rep players coming up to participate in a development evening with our players in Years 6, 7,
North Otago had a very successful representative season. We introduced a Year 6 team and over
50 girls turned up just to trial for the team. This team went to Aitken Shield and a Dunedin tourna-
ment and their experience of Rep level netball was unbeatable. Our two intermediate teams Year 7
and Year 8 had a variety of successes and loses in the tournaments they played in. The Under 15’s
went to the Dunedin tournament with a positive attitude and this showed in their winning the tour-
nament and bringing home the trophy. They had other successes in Aitken Shield and Country Day.
The Under 15 development squad also went to these tournaments with a few wins and loses. The
Under 17’s participated in the Bush Rd tournament, Country Day and Aitken Shield. With a lot of tall
opposition at Bush Rd our Under 17’s played their socks off. The North Otago Senior reps were very
successful this year bringing home both the Aitken Shield and the Hannan Shield. We were very
proud of the way our girls and ladies represented North Otago.
Another highlight of the year was being nominated and winning the Waitaki Sports award for Club
Organisation for 2008. This had to do with our hard work on developing our Strategic Plan and
putting into action some of the ideas in that plan.
Finally this year’s focus has been on fundraising to re-seal our netball courts. The time has come
when we can no long just fix the cracks and a whole new surface needs to be applied. This year we
had a whole centre focus on a raffle. With each club and various businesses donating prizes and
the major prize being $1000 of ‘You Choose’ vouchers we managed to raise over $10, 000. We
hope to continue this fundraising through a mixed social summer league and a variety of other
projects next year. We hope that everyone enjoyed the netball season as much as we did at North
Otago and we look forward to the new season in 2010.
The Dunedin Netball Centre 2009 season is now at an end. The season started with a few changes
to its previous format of eight teams per grade to six teams. This change created more competitive
sections and teams within these sections were evenly matched. The change also created three
rounds of netball for the season with promotion relegation games played at the end of round one
and two. These promotion relegation games were fiercely contested with some teams moving up
three sections during the season.
Our representative teams all did well this season. Netball New Zealand introduced the Under 17
National Champs for the first time this year and our Under 17 team, coached by Emma Johns,
attended. Out of the 23 teams entered in this tournament our Under 17 team achieved a very
creditable 13th Place.
Dunedin Netball is hosting the 2010 Masters Games netball and planning is well underway. As this
is the Masters 21st Birthday we are hoping that we will have a record number of entries. If you
wish to help in any way please contact: DNC 03 4555 916.
We look forward to the 2010 Netball season.
Well we have come to the end of yet another season and we would like to congratulate the
Dunedin: Kathy Ferguson, Awhina Epere, Grace Ockwell, Irene Mather,
Jen McKay, Natasha Sparks.
Regional practical qualifying:
Dunedin: Jenny Pitcaithly, Tong Knox, Alex Buttery, Harriet Goodhew, Kathy
South Otago: Barbara Johnson, Deb Kinder.
Regional practical endorsement:
Dunedin: Ruth Williams.
Dunedin: Harriet Goodhew.
Central Otago: Becky Slade.
NZ practical qualifying:
Dunedin: Clare Seymour, Amanda Thompson, Sarah Masterton.
Central Otago: Becky Slade.
Upper Clutha: Margo Beattie.
NZ B practical upgrade: Liz Cairns, Maree McCormick.
International Umpires Award: Jono Bredin.
NZ U17 Age Group Champs: Amanda Thompson.
NZ U19/U21 Age Group Champs: Danielle Maulder, Liz Cairns.
NZ Secondary School Champs: Liz Cairns.
NZ Champs: Marise Stuart, Maree McCormick, Danielle Maulder.
2009 NZ Umpires’ Development Squad: Marise Stuart, Danielle Maulder.
2009 NZ A Umpires’ Squad: Jono Bredin.
Trans Tasman Secondary School Champs: Marise Stuart, Danielle Maulder.
World Youth Netball Champs (Cook Islands), Pacific Netball Series (Samoa), COSANA games (South
Inter-nations Netball tournament (Tanzania): Jono Bredin.
Well Done also to all bench officials who dedicated their time on a Saturday and were accredited
and/or selected to attend National events.
WORLD YOUTH CHAMPS IN RAROTONGA
by Millie Lees
The World Youth Cup was held in Rarotonga in August this year, it was
to be one of the most interesting and exciting few weeks we will ever
experience. As a team we joined together on 6th August in Auckland
before our departure to Rarotonga. We were welcomed onto the island
just after midnight to the sound of the traditional cook island drums
and the most beautiful smelling flowers draped around our heads. Our
short bus ride took us to the Edgewater resort where all of the teams
were staying- we were lucky enough to be given the best villas on the
resort; beach front and the biggest rooms! The Aussies were
strategically placed right at the back of the resort.
For the first few days we adjusted to the heat and had trainings each
day in preparation for the start of the tournament. In our pool we
faced Scotland, Trinidad and Tobago, Botswana and Northern Island.
The stadium was newly built and was fantastic to play on, the climate
however was a lot different to Dunedin and during the breaks we wore
ice jackets and had frozen towels to cool off. We played consecutively
for 4 days before we got a well deserved rest on the weekend having
won all our pool play. We visited the markets on the Saturday and the
few shops on the island. On the Sunday there was no sport to be
played and so we went to church, dressed in our white outfits and
listened to the most amazing and loudest singing by the local men and
Week 2 of the tournament signaled the business end of the
competition. Our quarter final match was against Malawi; whose senior
team is ranked 5th in the World so they were not going to be easy
beats. The challenging thing about Malawi was their unorthodox style
of play; sometimes it took them over 50 passes before they shot a
goal and they were not afraid to pass all the way back to the goal
keep- at one point in the game the GD and GK passed just to one
another for 2 minutes without moving down court! We won the game
76-35 to progress to the semifinals against Jamaica.
Jamaica were going to be tough; they had Goal Shoot Guru Romelda
Aitken who stands at 1.96metres! The team lifted for the match and
we felt confident heading into the final having won this game by 13
To be in the World Youth Cup final was the most amazing feeling,
having worked so hard for the last 3 years as a squad and having done
countless fitness tests and trainings this was it! The atmosphere was incredible as the stadium was
packed full with supporters. We knew we were up against a very strong side; arch-rivals Australia
who had been building all tournament.
We lacked composure and confidence in those starting minutes which put us on the back-foot for
the rest of the game. We didn’t give up and showed determination throughout the rest of the
match, but as much as we hate to say it; Australia were a class act and won title.
That moment was devastating but what an awesome 2 weeks we experienced in Rarotonga. We
met some great people from all around the world, got to play and learn from such different styles of
netball and some of us even came back with a bit if a tan.
Netball Otago Representative Team Awards Evening
Netball Otago held it’s annual Representative Team Awards Evening on Tuesday 13 October at the
Southern Rugby Clubrooms. The evening was well attended by players, management, officials and
sponsors. It was a great opportunity to thank all those volunteers that have put in tireless hours
Otago Dev Team MVP Emma Moynihan
Otago U19 MVP Shannon Francois
Otago U21 MVP Greir Campbell
Otago B MVP Kirsten Craig
Otago A MVP Emma Moynihan
Umpire of the Year Jono Bredin
Most Promising Umpire Becky Slade
Contribution to Umpiring Liz Cairns
Contribution to Bench Officials Cynthia Wong
Bench Official Achievement Lyn Wilson
Volunteer of the Year Alex Buttery
High Performance Athlete Hayley Saunders
Coach of the Year Nic Jones
Manager of the Year Clare Malthus
Contribution to Rep Netball Lauren Piebenga
Service to Netball Umpiring Clare Giles
NNZ TALENT DEVELOPMENT SQUAD 2009/2010
Congratulations to the twelve players that have been selected in the Netball NZ Talent Development
Squad for the Otago Region. Twenty five players from around Otago were invited to trial for the
squad, the calibre of the trialists was extremely high and places in the final squad very competitive.
The Talent Development Squad for 2009/2010 is:
Aleisha Stanbridge OGHS
Ashlee Norman Taieri College
Caroline Crowley Kavanagh College
Fiona Watson St Kevins
Gemma Cowie Columba College
Hannah Williams OGHS
Jemaig Miller South Otago High
Seni Lafo'ou Waitaki Girls High
Sophie Johns Dunstan High School
Sophie Napper Columba College
Vanessa Noble Cromwell College
Zoe Paterson Roxburgh Area School
These players will join together with the Southland Talent Development Squad to attend two NNZ
run training days in December and March.
YUMMY RECIPE FOR SUMMER
From our Netball Otago Manager of the Year
Oat & Fruit Slice
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup rice bubbles
4 crushed weet bix
1 cup coconut
½ cup chopped dried apricots
¼ cup raisins
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup peanut butter
:: Grease a lamington pan or dish (around 20cm x 30cm).
:: In a large bowl combine oats, rice bubbles, weet bix, coconut and fruit.
:: In a saucepan combine the sugar, honey, peanut butter and butter. Stir con-
stantly over heat without boiling until butter has melted and sugar dissolved. Bring
to the boil then reduce heat and simmer stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until
mixture thickens a little.
:: Stir honey mixture into dry ingredients and then press evenly into prepared pan.
Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press them into the mixture.
:: Refrigerate until set, and then cut into squares.
NETBALL OTAGO DEVELOPMENT CAMP 2010
Due to the success of the Netball Development Camp in 2009, we are happy to offer a Netball
Development Camp in 2010. The camp is open to players, coaches and umpires aged 13-18 years.
The camp programme includes:
Netball Skills Fitness TO REGISTER:
Game plans / Tactics Sports Psychology Email email@example.com or ring the
Sport Massage Team building Netball Otago office on (03) 4551702
Nutrition Expert Coaching
Southby named as new NZ Under 21 coach
Congratulations to University-Albion Premier A coach Janine Southby who has been
named as the new NZ Under 21 coach. Southby was the assistant coach for the NZ
Under 21 team that recently competed at the World Youth Champs in Rarotonga. It
is a two year appointment, and we wish Janine all the very best.
Four Otago players named in the NZ Under 21 Squad
Four players from Otago have been named in the NZ Under 21 Squad for the 2010 season.
Selectors have been observing players at events throughout 2009, including the NZ Talent
Development clusters, Lois Muir Challenge, Regional and New Zealand Secondary School
tournaments, New Zealand Age Group Champs, as well as over the last week at the Perry
Foundation National Netball Champs.
Both Emily Close and Jess Moulds retain their spots in the squad, while Hayley Saunders and
Shannon Francois are among seven new
players to be named.
in alphabetical order
Te Amo Amaru-Tibble - Wellington 1
Jodi Beaumont - Western
Carli Botes* - North 1
Alanah Cassidy - Western Under 21's
Emily Close - Otago Under 21's
Kayla Cullen - Auckland Waitakere Under 19's
Shannon Francois* - Otago Under 19's
Ellen Halpenny - Canterbury
Kendall McMinn* - Southland B
Jessica Moulds - Otago Under 21's
Hayley Saunders - Otago A
Te Huinga Reo Selby- Rickit - Southland
Elias Shadrock - Waikato
Ashleigh Smith* - Southland
Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick - Auckland Waitakere Under 19's
OTAGO NPC 2009
By Jodi Brown
Our 2009 Perry Foundation campaign got off to a great start with a team
building weekend in Central Otago. During the weekend we got to
experience first hand Clay target shooting which I might is harder than it
looks!! This activity was all in preparation for our night activity
– Rabbit Shooting! With some not having even touched a gun before let
alone shot a moving target, we all approached the activity with a fair
amount of apprehension! By the night or the night we were almost
fighting over who would shoot the next rabbit! This weekend saw us in
good stead for the campaign ahead and with the 2 top teams first it was
always going to be a tough ask, to register some points. Over all we
had a pretty up and down season, good wins against Western and Canterbury, and a very close
hard fought semi final against Southland were stand out games for us. To end up 4th was a
fantastic achievement and special mention has to go to our 2 defensive stars Hayley Saunders and
Emma Moynihan who picked up with countless number of turnover for our team and were a threat
to any team we faced. Lastly a huge thank you to our management team from the players, the
time, energy, commitment and organization you all put in was very much appreciated by the team.
OFF SEASON SHOOTING PRACTICE…..
Now is the time for all you shooters out there to work on your shooting technique. Here are some
keys teaching points to think about when you are putting up some shots in the off season.
Coaching Points: - Body well balanced and facing the goal
- Ball on finger pas of one hand, fingers spread. Other hand on side of ball
- Ball held directly above the arms fully extended
- Eyes looking at the goal
- Elbows and knees bend to shoot
- Straighten up body in a sequence with the ball released when at
- Release the ball with a smooth fluid action following through right
to finger tips
- Wrist and finger flick the ball in a gentle back spin to the ring
- Follow your shot and retrieve the ball
Here is an example of a shooting session:
10 shots under the post
50 standing shots (1/2 way in)
5 semi circles (50 shots in total)
20 ¾ shots
4 lines of 5 shots (miss you start again)
6 goals in a row
A huge thank you to our sponsors:
Netball Otago Incorporated
Location: Portsmouth Drive, Dunedin, New Zealand
Postal: PO Box 629 Phone: 03 455 1702 Fax: 03 455 1718 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by: Perry Foundation– Bendigo Valley Foundation
Lion Foundation - Otago Community Trust – The Trusts Charitable Foundation
The Southern Trust – Pub Charity - Southern Victorian Trust – St Kilda Community Sports Society
The New Zealand Community Trust