Netball: ANZ Premiership season suspended indefinitely, under NZ lockdown

Only one round was complete, when the coronavirus stopped play.
Only one round was complete, when the coronavirus stopped play. Photo credit: Photosport

The 2020 ANZ Premiership netball season has been suspended indefinitely, due to the  coronavirus crisis that has New Zealand in lockdown. 

Last week, Netball New Zealand decided to shut the league down for two weeks, but has now suspended play for the foreseeable future. 

Just one full round of the 2020 ANZ Premiership was completed, when the COVID-19 pandemic stopped play. 

Along with the ANZ Premiership, Netball NZ has also confirmed the second-tier Beko Netball League has been cancelled for 2020.

"At this stage, there has been no decision made on the future of the ANZ Premiership, any other domestic competitions and community netball for 2020," says Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie.

"Netball New Zealand will continue to provide regular updates on this, as further information comes to hand. We are committed to netball playing its role in stopping the spread of COVID-19." 

The ANZ Premiership and Beko Netball League teams have all ceased group-training under lockdown, and Netball NZ will continue to review the situation, based on advice provided by the Government and Ministry of Health.

"Our landscape is rapidly evolving and we will remain aligned with the advice given from the appropriate channels," Wyllie added.

"This is a challenging time for our netball community, and we acknowledge the impact this has on our netball zones, centres and clubs. 

"Again, we also acknowledge the immense support of our partners during these unprecedented times, and in particular Sky Sport and ANZ."

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