Netball New Zealand has made the challenging decision to declare all matches in the final preliminary round of the ANZ Premiership regular season as drawn games due to the change in COVID-19 alert levels around the country.
This means the Round 10 matches – Friday 14th and
With Auckland in Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2, it was determined today that the last round – which had no bearing on the final placings for the Finals Series on 23 August – would not be played and all teams will be awarded two competition points for their respective matches.
Netball New Zealand chief executive Jennie Wyllie said their immediate thoughts were for the safety of all those involved in the ANZ Premiership.
“Decisions like these are never easy to make but we felt it was in the best interest of safety and equity for all teams that we didn’t contest the last round,” she said.
“There was no material impact on the placings heading into the ANZ Premiership Final
But now is the time for us to play our part in keeping the country safe and we will be reviewing future decisions over the coming days.” Wyllie said they would be assessing the Finals Series once they had received more guidance from the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Government later in the week.
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