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Cadbury Netball Series to reignite Silver Ferns programme

With many sports having to cancel their 2020 programmes due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the Silver Ferns are thrilled to be preparing for a home season of top level matches.

In a showcase of New Zealand’s elite netball talent, both men and women, the public is set for a rare treat when the Silver Ferns line up against the New Zealand Men, a NZ A team and the NZU21s in the Cadbury Netball Series at Fly Palmy Arena in Palmerston North on October 21-24.

Featuring eight games over four days, it’s a win-win for all involved when it seemed a real possibility there could be no international netball at all this season.

New Zealanders will get to see their world champion Silver Ferns play at home for the first time since winning the title in such dramatic fashion in England 15 months ago. With the retirement of some famous names in the interim and a new Silver Ferns squad named in August, this series is an important opportunity to start the building towards future pinnacle events.

Last year’s Cadbury Series played a key role in the Silver Ferns World Cup preparations and the return of the New Zealand Men in 2020 is another inspiring decision for all involved.

In an historic occasion, men and women shared the same court during an international series for the first time, in what was a resounding success. Five players who took part in last year’s event, including towering 2.18m shooter Junior Levi and creative captain Kruze Tangira will be back to showcase the special brand of netball the men produce.

With the 2020 Men’s Netball World Cup cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NZ Men are thrilled the team selected for that event will get an opportunity to shine.

The NZU21 team couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to help with their preparations towards their pinnacle tournament, next year’s Netball World Youth Cup in Fiji. The country’s rising young talent setting their sights on a third straight title.

NZA is stacked with talent, keen to push their credentials and will provide a worthy challenge to their rivals in what will be an action-packed four days showcasing New Zealand’s finest netballers in the same place at the same time.

“We need to keep challenging ourselves and growing our game both on and off the court,” Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua said.

“We can’t afford to be complacent and need to keep developing and growing the capability of all our athletes.”

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