HPNC launches into 2021

The Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre’s season is about to begin.

Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre (HPNC) has launched into its 2021 season with great excitement after a failed 2020 due to the pandemic.

HPNC games convenor Emily Stonehouse said, “We are excited for the start of a full season (fingers crossed) after the interruptions of last season with team grading running this weekend (weekend of April 17, 18) and last weekend to kick us off.

“We are in the process of trying to get both a walking league (will be its second season) and a school aged men’s league (new this season) off the ground.”

Another new initiative this year is the Counties League which operates as a feeder to the RPL competition.

Top teams from the Counties Manukau area play at various centres throughout the competition.

“Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre is excited to have two teams entered with our first home game,” Stonehouse said.

“Our Future Ferns programme for primary aged children years 1-4 starts up next term and is a great way to get into netball and make some new friends.”

Teams can sign up for the Tuesday programme, or individuals looking to join can sign up for the Monday league. Registration forms are up on the website.

“We are also always on the lookout for new umpires and will be running some intro to umpiring courses at the centre in the near future,” said Stonehouse.

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