Netball season planning

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Netball season planning is under way and club's around the district are calling for players.

If you want to play netball in 2022, Mid Canterbury Netball’s clubs and schools are now taking registrations for the coming winter season.

Senior club trials begin tomorrow.

Mid Canterbury Netball centre manager Erin Tasker said a trials window had been introduced for all senior clubs last year to try and make life a bit easier for all clubs.

This year the trials window runs from February 28.

Erin Tasker.

Trials for premier (played on a Thursday night) and senior (the Saturday afternoon secondary school competition) would be held within this timeframe, while some clubs are also holding trials or musters for their social teams.

Southern, Hampstead, College, Celtic and United will all hold trials at the EA Networks Centre, where all of MCN’s competitions are played, while Methven’s will be held at the Methven Domain and Rakaia’s at the Rakaia Domain.

Mt Somers don’t hold trials, and Allenton are welcoming ready made teams. Both Mt Somers and Allenton are asking any interested players to get in touch.

Tasker said as part of the Balance is Better philosophy there had been an effort over the past couple of seasons to ensure netball doesn’t encroach on summer sports, by not starting their competitions until May and asking teams not to trial until March.

But due to the way the weeks fall this year trials will start one day earlier on February 28, and in order to fit their ACL Premier competition in before the South Island Secondary Schools’ tournament at the end of August. The competition will start on April 28.

The Wednesday night social competition will begin on May 4 and Saturday netball on May 7, with both of those starting with two days of grading this season, for the first time in a few years.

Tasker said it’s hoped this will help ensure all teams are in the right grade from the start in 2022 and make for some really good competition.

Due to current red setting, the EA Networks Centre stadium space is restricted to 100 people which means that at the moment, spectators are not able in to watch.

Mid Canterbury Netball did not run the year 5-6 netball or the Friday night year 3-4 Future Ferns programme back in 2020 due to restrictions, similar to red level now.

But the organisation was determined to try and find a way to make it work this year, and warning parents it may mean they’re not able to watch their young ones in action if current restrictions are still in place when the season started.

Vaccine passports are also required at the centre.

“We just need to be ready for every eventuality. It could be a season with no spectators again, and we could find it’s disrupted due to people being sick or having to self-isolate.

“We’ll have plans in place for whatever comes our way,” Tasker said.

Dates and times for all club trials, and registration details can be found on the MCN website or Facebook page.