Netball New Zealand has recognised three coaches throughout the country for their contribution to the game.

The Netball Northern Zone is pleased to announce that Ripeka Pirie has been appointed as the Head Coach for the Northern Marvels BEKO team in 2018.

Friday 13 October saw the launch of the first Netball Leaders Workshop, held at Toia - Otahuhu Recreation Precinct. 25 young people were selected from their respective schools to take part on the day, who examined the potential qualities to grow in to future leaders in their schools and wider communities.

Netting a second straight New Zealand Secondary Schools title will be the goal for St Kentigern College when they join netball’s leading schools in Rotorua.

How long have you been umpiring, and how did you get in to umpiring?

I started my umpiring back in 2014 with my first tournament being Maori Nationals held in Tauranga where I achieved my Centre Badge. I first got in to umpiring where a friend of mine who was playing at the time, invited me to come and watch and I was then asked if I could umpire and I was nervous as first time umpires do become.

How long have you been coaching, and what got you in to coaching?