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FAST5 Netball World Series Dates Confirmed for 2014

FAST5 Netball World Series Dates Confirmed for 2014

The hugely popular FAST5 Netball World Series is back in 2014, in a slightly modified format to fit all matches and entertainment into two action-packed days in the second weekend of November.

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) and the International Netball Federation (INF) are pleased to announce the dates will be Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9 and will feature a slightly different format over the two days with more details to come in the following months.

Matches will start early afternoon on both the Saturday and Sunday, designed to make it easier for teams and spectators to be fully engaged and involved throughout the whole weekend, culminating with the Grand Final on Sunday evening. The world’s top six Netballing nations will be back to compete at Auckland’s Vector Arena in what promises to be another spectacle of show-stopping FAST5 Netball. The defending champion FAST5 Ferns from New Zealand host the competition with teams from South Africa, Malawi, Australia, England and Jamaica completing the line-up.

SKY Television has confirmed it will broadcast live coverage of every match in the FAST5 Netball World Series 2014 across the weekend with predictions the broadcast will feature in many different markets around the world, showcasing FAST5 Netball to a global audience.

INF President Molly Rhone says the FAST5 Netball World Series is one of the most exciting events on the INF International Events calendar.

“FAST5 has proven extremely popular with fans and players alike and with broadcast coverage reaching an international audience, we’re excited to confirm another year of exciting FAST5 action in Auckland,” she said.

NNZ Chief Executive Hilary Poole agrees and says the new format over two days promises to attract even more people to Vector Arena for the weekend.
“The two-day format in November is aimed at attracting more local families and out of town visitors to Auckland,” she said.

“Teams from the top six Netballing countries in the world will be back bringing their unique flavour to the tournament and we are determined to make it bigger and better than ever before – both on and off the court!”

The FAST5 Netball World Series enjoys the full support of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), New Zealand Major Events and a fantastic family of dedicated sponsors who help make the Series one of the most popular sporting events on the Auckland calendar.

Tickets go on sale in early June and after the success of the 2012 and 2013 tournaments, are expected to be snapped up fast.


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