|Posted by Near the Hoop on August 17, 2019 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
Tense moments in a number of divisions as the final jockeying for a place at the big one next week and the following week reached it zenith. All the games went pretty much to the wire as contenders manoeuvred to make their claim for a seat at the grand final proceedings.
From the U10’s all the way to the U21’s there was push and shove, some real catching up and certainly a statement that today was not going to be pushover day.
The teams already berthed and in waiting ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Near the Hoop on August 13, 2019 at 11:45 AM||comments (0)|
The cauldron boiled over on Sunday afternoon as the Mixed and Men’s Netball set about hosting their quarter finals for this season.
You could have honestly thought that Tana had just won the World Cup when the throng of their supporters from Hanuabadans, who have filled the stadium for the last several weeks of games, erupted into cheer after Patrick Vagahu’s “Mixed B” charges held off fourth placed Veupunama in an absolutely riveting ga...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Near the Hoop on August 11, 2019 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
The finals are on us now on us for POMNA but there is a curious atmosphere at the Rita Flynn courts both indoor and outdoor that is difficult to explain. A mood or spark which is no longer there, that made this time of the POMNA season at the old courts such an attraction. I’m not sure what it is nor can anyone describe it, but it was the source of cheer for many associated with the sport until the changes to accommodate the Pacific Games in 2014.
It is the absence o...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 27, 2019 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
A quick look at the Maria Tutaia story, now Mrs Maria Folau.
Certainly a competitor. Simple but extrvagant, humble but oozing confidence.
A household name in New Zealand and indeed for the global netball fraternity as one of the Silver Fern's most lethal strike weapons she is quite a spectacle to wat...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
POMNA's main comp today was a bit of a hot affair with the mercury in the thermometers high enough to turn the outside courts into a frying pan.
But as the saying goes "wok i mas go yet" so we grind on as the finals fast approach.
One interesting game on the outdoor courts today was the Division 2 game between Telstars and . It may have been providence for Emily Maha as not only did the ladies in red win by just one goal, one of her passes, a blind "alley...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 27, 2019 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
Looking back at the highlights reels for the World Cup this year have been quite amazing but among them was this pearler.
England was one of the teams we had hoped would make it to the big one but lost at the very last hurdle to the formidable Silver Ferns in the major semi final. They had class, talent, poise a lot of netball and...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 25, 2019 at 10:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 25, 2019 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 25, 2019 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
So here's a peek at some of the focuses for New Zealand this year. If you think our coaches are lunatic about fitness, take a look at this video.
|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 25, 2019 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
Video Highlights of the World Cup from RNZ