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Christchurch to host Fast5 Netball

Updated: May 3

New Zealand will host the Fast5 World Series for the next three years
Sharni Layton takes an outside shot for Australia during the Fast5 in Christchurch which will host again in 2024 PHOTO: NETBALL AUSTRALIA

Christchurch is set to play host to a third successive Fast Netball World Series later this year at Wolfbrook Arena.


World Netball awarded Netball New Zealand the hosting rights in 2021, for the following three years after it made a return to the international arena following an absence of four years.


Showcasing the vibrant nature of Fast5 for both players and spectators, Christchurch was seen as the best location to host having stepped up in the past for the event.


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“We are delighted that NNZ has been able to showcase the tournament back on the world stage after it hadn’t been visible for a number of years,’’ said Netball New Zealand Chief Executive Jennie Wyllie.


“Christchurch and everyone involved in staging this event have done an exceptional job in producing a successful two-day entertainment showpiece.”


Fans have embraced the party-like atmosphere, with passionate supporters dressed in bright colours and costume-dress to the spectacle from all over New Zealand and overseas.


Adding to the unique setting of the high tempo version of the game, the players also play their part while negotiating three different scoring zones, power players and unlimited rolling substitutions with a mix of dazzling play, tactical nous and an element of fun.


Christchurch has hosted six of the world’s premier women’s teams over the past two years.


Another innovation was introducing for the first time ever a three-team men’s competition, a first for males playing alongside females in a WN event.


With the foundations well set, WN will be looking to continue the trend of keeping FAST5 a visible and prominent spectacle on the international calendar when awarding the next hosting rights.


WN’s Head of Events, Kate Agnew, added: “We are thrilled that the dates have been confirmed for the Fast5 Netball World Series’ third year in New Zealand, with Christchurch once again the host city."


Ticketing for the 9-10 November event and team announcements will be made at a later date.

 

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