AMI NORTH HARBOUR NETBALL with Adele Lendich
AMI NORTH HARBOUR NETBALL
Netball North Harbour (NNH) featured prominently at the recent Massey University Harbour Sports Awards held at the North Harbour Stadium on Friday November 18th.
Maureen Mulcahy was the recipient of the Sport Acknowledgement award for Netball. Netball North and Netball North Harbour acknowledged Maureen Mulcahy for the contribution she has made to Netball over the past 10 years. Maureen has been responsible for the Pinehurst School Kidzplay netball model that has been delivered to children from years 1-6. The model has been a huge success for Pinehurst School and Maureen is a very worthy recipient. NNH supports the Kidzplay initiative in various ways and would like to congratulate Maureen and Pinehurst for their achievement.
Tina Maree Gates won the ‘Administrator of the year’ category. Tina is responsible for the administration and draws for 514 teams across Intermediate, College and Club levels. This is a huge undertaking requiring accuracy and detail and NNH is delighted that Tina was the recipient in this category.
Fay Meiklejohn went through as a finalist in the ‘Umpire of the year’ category. Fay umpired at the Netball World Champs this year, plus the final of the Lion Foundation National Championships. This year she also umpired ANZ Championships, The National Netball Super League (UK) and was awarded the International Umpires Ward for 2011.
Netball’s policy is that an umpire cannot adjudicate their own country. With New Zealand and Australia being the top two netball countries in the world, it is difficult for our umpires to umpire at a top level when undoubtedly we are likely to play in the final. A classic example this year was the final of the World Championships (New Zealand and Australia) where the two umpires officiating were probably ranked eight and ninth in the world.
Netball was a finalist in the category “Event of the Year’ with our highly popular representative tournament. This tournament attracts teams from all over the country. This year was no exception with over 1000 players competing. To organize an event of this size requires an immense amount of planning prior to the event plus the administration on the actual day. Being a finalist was a terrific testament of team work to the many staff and volunteers who assist on the day.
And to top the evening off, Netball had its first inductee into the Legends of Harbour elitist group. Tracy Shortland (nee Eyrl) who now lives in Australia joined this impressive group of sports people. Netball North Harbour congratulates Tracy and all of the finalists and winners of this years Massey University Harbour Sports Awards. Overall a great night for our netball community on the North Shore.
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By Adele Lendich, CEO of Netball North Harbour. firstname.lastname@example.org