2019 Pre-Season Netball Tournament

December 20, 2018

Te Wānanga o Raukawa (TWoR) will offer more than just an on-court experience when TWoR plan to host the to the ANZ Premiership Pre-Season netball tournament in Ōtaki on February 8 – 10.

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The Māori Tertiary Education Provider in Ōtaki, north of Wellington, will host many of the world’s best netballers at the pre-season event just two weeks out from the start of Netball New Zealand’s elite domestic competition, at its health and fitness facility, Ngā Purapura.

All six teams – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse, Northern Mystics, Northern Stars, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, The Good Oil Tactix and Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel, including management, officials and umpires, will be accommodated at the Te Wānanga o Raukawa campus in Ōtaki for four days.

Into its third edition, which will feature an extended programme in 2019 involving 11 games over three days, the tournament has become a popular event with the teams.

"This tournament provides the final testing ground," Stars coach Kiri Wills said. "By this stage you want to be pretty close to being competition-ready. It’s a good opportunity for fine-tuning and to see where everyone else is at."

"Because our programme is running across Christmas this year, it means the pre-season is a bit stilted, so the opportunity for pre-competition games against other franchises is a bit limited."

"There’s just not enough weekends, so I think Ōtaki this time around is going to be a lot more serious in that coaches will be testing final lines. With that in mind, all teams are going to be a lot more willing to put stuff out there which is going to add to an exciting spectacle."

Apart from the competitive action, all involved embrace and enjoy the special significance of the cultural engagement which includes a pōwhiri for all teams and officials, cultural activities and living together on the marae.

"It’s a really nice way to finish your bonding as a unit and we love the experience," said Wills, who attended for the first time earlier this year. "It’s a very cool concept and I’m really pleased Te Wānanga o Raukawa is inviting us back because I know it’s a massive investment on their part to host us all."

"We’re quite privileged to have this tournament and then just to add the whole culture side into it is something that sometimes gets missed out. That forces us to look inwards a little bit more than we possibly would if we had just flown into a city and stayed at hotels."

Ticketing Information

Session 1: $12 per person (PROMOTION: 2 games for the price of 1)

Session 2: $20 per person / Group Pass: $70 – (savings of $10) 4 people

Session 3: $20 per person / Group Pass: $70 – (savings of $10) 4 people

Session 4: $20 per person / Group Pass: $70 – (savings of $10) 4 people

Session 5: $30 per person / Group Pass: $100 – (savings of $20) 4 people

Tournament Pass: $99 each

A child 2 years and under who will not be occupying a seat will be free of charge.

**Single Session: $12 – See Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Please note during the 2019 Pre-Season Tournament if a session (with more than one game) is currently running and you wish to purchase tickets to the following game, this is possible but only during the final quarter of the game prior and providing that session is not sold out (If session is sold out then this option will not be available).

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