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Netball New Zealand (NNZ) and successful global appliance brand Beko have joined forces to launch the Beko Netball League - a development competition that underpins the ANZ Championship.
The Beko Netball League starts on April 10 and is fundamental to strengthening NNZ’s performance pathway, the development of talent, and competitiveness of NNZ’s elite teams.
The new league will consist of 21 games run over 12 weekends, allowing players to continue with work and study commitments, culminating in a Grand Final in Auckland on June 26.
The competition includes five teams – one from each Zone – playing a double round-robin, with 14 matches to be televised on SKY Sport following ANZ Championship matches, and seven standalone games.
Netball New Zealand chief executive Hilary Poole is excited to have Beko – an appliance brand that has 440 million consumers in more than 100 countries –partner the new national league.
Beko New Zealand Country Manager, Rob McPate says they have a saying at Beko that “the perfect team shares the same spirit – to inspire each other and improve together”. This saying is one of the reasons they believe the sponsorship is such a great fit.
Teams will be able to name up to three ANZ Championship players – who have not played more than 24 quarters in the ANZ Championship prior to the current Beko Netball League season – on their match list alongside the emerging players from their Zone.
The first game of the Beko Netball League sees South take on Northern in Invercargill on April 10. Other Zone teams include Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Central and Mainland.