Auckland to host revamped FastNet netball series
Fri, 06 Jul 2012 1:17p.m.
Auckland will showcase a new-look abbreviated version of netball at the world series later this year.
A review of the rules means the FastNet series, held in England over the last three years, has had a comprehensive overhaul with radical changes around player numbers and scoring zones.
On-court player numbers are reduced from seven to five, and three goal-scoring zones have been introduced.
The five positions are goal shoot, goal keep, goal attack, goal defence and centre.
Only the goal shoot and goal attack can score goals, with goals outside the circle worth three points. Goals shot in the circle within 3.5m of the goal are worth one point. This rises to two if shot from greater than 3.5m.
The game will play out over four six-minute quarters, with rolling substitutions, and each team will nominate a power play quarter when goals scored will be doubled.
Renamed the Fast5 netball world series, the three-day tournament is scheduled for Auckland from November 9-11 and is contested by the top six netball nations.
New Zealand will host the event over the next three years, backed by a government investment of $600,000.
New Zealand won the first two FastNet series, with England taking the title in November last year. NZN
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