NEWS – CHANGES TO NORTHERN COMETS AND NORTHERN MARVELS TEAMS 2020
There are some significant and exciting changes happening to the Northern Comets and Northern Marvels Beko Netball League teams and performance structure. Please see the information below for details in full, and if you have any questions at all about the changes or how to get involved please feel free to email or call our Player Liaison, Debbie Christian.
Auckland Netball will be working closely with both Netball Northern Zone and the Northern Stars to coordinate a centre-based programme supporting players who seek selection into these teams.
Key points regarding changes for 2020:
- The Northern Stars will govern and operate the Northern Comets.
- The Northern Zone will govern and operate the Northern Marvels.
- A geographical catchment area is still in place for each of the teams, however 20% of both Marvels and Comets can be made up of players from outside of the catchment area pending a release from the area they reside in. This can occur before trials for logistical and location bound purposes (e.g. based on where you work or study) or after the final squads are selected (e.g. an athlete has trialed in their area and not been selected)
- Trials: Northern Comets will select a group of core players and these players will begin training in November 2019. A trial will be held late January 2020.
- Trials: Northern Marvels will hold trials in early November 2019.
- Final squad sizes are yet to be confirmed by the Netball New Zealand competition rules for 2020.
- School aged players will be considered but will need to obtain a special release from Netball New Zealand.
For full details regarding the change read this (link to attached PDF)
For more details about the different team programmes:
Northern Marvels https://www.netballnorthern.co.nz/zones/northern/beko-league.html
Northern Comets https://northernstars.co.nz/northern-stars-2/northern-comets.html