UNISS netball competition begins

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The Upper North Island Secondary Schools competition will be held daily with the finals on Friday at the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre.

The Upper North Island Secondary Schools (UNISS) netball competition has begun with hundreds or players and supporters flocking to the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre (HPNC) at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

The competition, which began on Monday and winds up on Friday involves schools from Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Northland areas.

There are 112 secondary schools/114 teams registered. The competition was last held in 2019 at Netball North Harbour. 2020 and 2021 was cancelled as a result of Covid-19.

“HPNC is excited to host not only all the players, coaches, managers, umpires and officials at our tournament, but also all the volunteers and supporters who all give their valuable time to attend and assist during this tournament week,”  HPNC president Amanda Dyason said.

“UNISS is a fantastic occasion and provides a very memorable week of netball. This tournament is made possible by our netball community.”

The competition is formatted into four grades. Teams will play twice a day. A copy of the draw is available on the UNISS website. Results will be published there daily.  Finals will be played on Friday (September 2) as follows:

D Grade – 12:30pm

C Grade – 1:30pm

B Grade – 2:30pm

A Grade – 3:30pm

Finals will be streamed live for those that are not able to attend. Details are available on the website

Winners of the 2019 competition, returned again this year –

A Grade – Saint Kentigern School

B Grade – Waitakere College

C Grade – Bay of Islands College

D Grade – Hobsonville Point Secondary School

“We expect around 2000 people to be at the courts throughout the day, consisting of players, coaches, managers, umpires, and volunteers. In addition to this we expect a large number of spectators to come and enjoy the games,” Dyason said.

Queries can be directed to netballuniss@gmail.com or visit uniss.co.nz.

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