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Piwi Pene mad about men’s netball 31 years after first champs

Sep 23rd, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

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Australian player tries to block a shot at goal.

PIWI Pene’s vision is to one day have combined men and women’s netball national championships to lift the profile of the men’s competition.

Last week Pene, Wellington men’s netball president coordinated the 31st men’s netball nationals at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.

“There are not a lot of opportunities for male players in the sport.” He says.

Pene loves showing off men’s netball and has been doing it the past 31 years.

He has a huge passion for the sport since 1979 and has been there since the first national championships in 1984.

“I just love seeing the youth develop in the game.”

Pene says taking the competition around the country is of major importance.

“It shows where the youth in the sport can get to.”

Mr Pene is glad  the sport is getting a bigger following with more regional teams and three international teams from Australia playing this year.

The men’s netball nationals introduced the under 23 grade in 2013.

The competition now has four grades A, B, under 23s and masters.

North Harbour retained their title against Canterbury in the final winning 65-64 making them New Zealand Men’s national champions 2015.

Justin Harvey a Canterbury player has played netball for three years.

His province won the nationals 21 years in a row from 1993 with North Harbour winning last year.

“it’s a great way to keep fit and have fun socially” he says.

Harvey is not concerned about the profile of the sport.

“Men dominate almost every sport so its good woman have a sport almost to themselves.” He says.

“I think netball would be the second most popular sport in Christchurch for men after touch rugby” he says.

The competition is held in Porirua most years and in Rotorua every 10 years because that is where the first nationals took place.

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Piwi Pene, Wellington Mens Netball President.




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