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Three leagues, one website – the new era of netball news from across the globe

THREE LEAGUES. ONE WEBSITE.

 

Netball Draft Central is excited to bring you the most comprehensive coverage from across the world when it comes to netball news. Now in its second year, Netball Draft Central has already grown exponentially to have news, reviews, features, profiles and statistics from the Suncorp Super Netball, ANZ Premiership and Vitality Netball Superleague.

While the three main leagues might be the main focus when it comes to netball coverage, the national and state leagues will not be forgotten. The team already covered the Australian Netball League (ANL) and Victorian Netball League (VNL) last year, as well as the Victorian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (VMMNA) competition.

In 2020 and beyond, we will continue to expand and build on this coverage to include other states within Australia, and indeed overseas. In the past few weeks, we have chatted to an array of international stars including Australia’s Liz Watson, New Zealand’s Karin Burger, Sam Winders and Shannon Saunders, as well as heard from England’s George Fisher.

While the world of sport might have slowed down in the past couple of months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netball Draft Central has posted more than 100 articles in this time from our Compare the Pairs, Memorable Matches to our Features, and much, much more.

 

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Here’s what you can expect from Netball Draft Central in 2020 and beyond:

  • Full coverage of the Suncorp Super Netball, ANZ Premiership and (when it returns in 2021) Vitality Netball Superleague
  • Player profiles with full statistics for all the three major leagues
  • Individual team pages for every club in the major leagues, as well as the international sides
  • Up-to-date statistics and ladders
  • Regular features on netballers across the world, hearing from them on both a personal and professional level
  • Expansion into national and state levels where possible across the world
  • A focus on men’s and mixed netball

 

 

Every team page with dedicated content to that team, as well as team lists, can be found in the drop down menu of each page from the home page.

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Of course, Netball Draft Central is always open to fresh ideas, new content and passionate writers. If you’re interested in writing for us, contact our Senior Editor, Sophie Taylor on her email at sophie.t@adzeemedia.com.

If you’re interested in potential partnership opportunities with Netball Draft Central, contact our Managing Editor, Taylah Melki on her email at taylah@adzeemedia.com.

Top 15 SSN training partners: #2 Beth Cobden

WITH a number of netball leagues across the world being suspended due to COVID-19, the Draft Central team is making a case for the top 15 training partners stepping up to the Suncorp Super Netball plate in 2020. Coming in at number two is injured Adelaide Thunderbirds and England Roses midcourter, Beth Cobden. This countdown is purely opinion-based, taking into consideration recent form, individual potential and future development.

While a somewhat contentious and questionable player to not make the top of the list given she has international caps with the Roses, Cobden is only a training partner while she is currently down and out of the squad with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, the likelihood of her making the cut earlier in the Super Netball season is questionable because she is still going through rehabilitation. However, the aim with Cobden being a training partner is to enable her to work back up to match fitness through the Australian Netball League (ANL), which could see her return to the fray at some point during the season. 

A highly talented defensive midcourter, Cobden’s speed and agility allows her to impact both on and off the ball, using her lithe frame and tactical mindset to create plays down the court. With plenty of experience behind her, the 27-year-old midcourter can dominate by shutting down her attacker, not always playing the obvious game by intercepting and deflecting but instead using her body work to block easy drives.

With plenty of versatility to rotate through the midcourt, Cobden is just about a shoe-in to make it onto the Super Netball stage once more in 2020 if a position opens up, able to have an impact in any midcourt position thanks to her clever read of the play and ability to transition between attacking and defensive mindsets.

Thanks to solid Roses partnerships across the court – namely Chelsea Pitman through the midcourt and Layla Guscoth and Kate Shimmin in defence – not to mention Cobden played and trained with the Thunderbirds before she went down to injury last year, Cobden will well and truly slot right into the side if she is required.

TOP 15 SSN TRAINING PARTNERS SO FAR:

#15 Ashlee Unie (Sunshine Coast Lightning)
#14 Ruby Barkmeyer (Melbourne Vixens)
#13 Tippah Dwan (Queensland Firebirds)
#12 Matisse Letherbarrow (GIANTS Netball)
#11 Chelsea Blackman (Adelaide Thunderbirds)
#10 Sunday Aryang (West Coast Fever)
#9 Latika Tombs (GIANTS Netball)
#8 Sharni Lambden (Collingwood Magpies)
#7 Jacqui Newton (Melbourne Vixens)
#6 Allie Smith (Melbourne Vixens)
#5 Elle Bennetts (GIANTS Netball)
#4 Brooke Allan (Magpies Netball)
#3 Tayla Fraser (NSW Swifts)
#2 Beth Cobden (Adelaide Thunderbirds)

Weekly news wrap: Magpies fall short; H2H battles test allegiances

IN this week’s weekly wrap, we take a look at what’s making news in the netball world that we covered on Netball Draft Central over the past week.

 

SUNCORP SUPER NeTBALL:

Magpies fall short in practice match against Lightning

By: Taylah Melki

THE Collingwood Magpies were unable to steal a win in both practice matches against the Sunshine Coast Lightning, in Tasmania. Both sides had very different line-ups to their 2018 team, with a whopping eight new players taking the court for their respective teams making for an interesting contest.

Read the full match recap…

For all your SSN news and information, head to our SSN page.

Head 2 Head Battles:

Diamonds H2H Battle: 2000s vs 2010s

By: Sophie Taylor

WITH the upcoming Netball World Cup looming, we decided to take a trip down memory lane and come up with our definitive Diamonds of the 2000s side and Diamonds of the 2010s (so far) side. Both sides consist of some familiar names, with players put in a specific side based on when they played the brunt of their international netball career.

Read the full article…

SSN H2H Battle: Over 25s vs 25 and unders

By: Taylah Melki

WITH the upcoming Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup preseason competition set to commence in a few weeks, we decided to cast an eye over all the teams and create over 25s and 25 and under sides. Both sides consist of players on the 2019 roster and the teams are filled with some of the best players in the league.

Read the full article…

VITALITY NeTBALL SUPERLEAGUE:

Vitality Netball superleague wrap: Round 4

By: Sophie Taylor

WITH bad weather warnings and temperatures looking to drop below zero on Friday evening, round four of the Vitality Netball Superleague began with a postponed match for Team Bath and Severn Stars due to the snow. It was looking to be a tight matchup between fourth and fifth on the ladder, set to shake up the competition, however will be rescheduled for another date (to be confirmed). With all remaining round four matches won in the third quarter, losing teams will want to clean up their act come round five.

Read the full VNSL wrap…

For all your SSN news and information, head to our VNSL page.