Fast5 Ferns claim Netball World Series title 2012

The Fast5 Netball World Series was won by Netball New Zealand (NNZ).  The three day tournament took place at the superb Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand from 9-11 November 2012.

The name Fast5 reflects the innovative rule changes with on-court team numbers reduced from 7 players to 5 and three goal scoring zones.

The top six Netball teams in the world, according to the IFNA World Rankings, competed in the new Fast5 format and the New Zealand Fast Fern’s came out on top beating the England Fives in a thrilling final.

Fast5, developed by IFNA in collaboration with the international netball community, is a high-speed, high-octane variant on the traditional game.  Since its original launch as FastNet in 2009 it has proven a hit with players and spectators, including an international TV audience. The evolution of the game to Fast5 provided fans with an even greater spectacle.

The Honourable Molly Rhone OJ CD, President of IFNA, said she was delighted to see the new look and feel of Fast5.

“This is an exciting development for our sport.  There has been a lot of work trialling and testing Fast5 and we were thrilled to launch this new game in New Zealand in November”, she said.

“We congratulate Netball New Zealand on their successful bid to stage this exciting event and thank the New Zealand Government for their $600,000 investment in this event over the three years.”

All Fast5 games were shown live on SKY Sport in New Zealand.

New Zealand host the Fast5 Netball World Series again from 8-10th November 2013.

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