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WGC Netball Convenors
April McLaughlan

Rebecca Blake

WGC has the largest number of teams of any school or club competing in the Wellington Netball Centre competition, with 44 teams competing in 2017.

Teams play either at the indoor venue at the Kilbirnie ASB Sports Arena or outdoors at the Hataitai netball courts on Saturdays. The time of the day and venue depends on the grade the team is placed. School teams play in Collegiate grades against other school teams except our top 3 teams play in the Women’s Premier Competition. Premier and College competition commences early May and goes through until the end of August. The Senior A team will compete in:
  • CSW Premier tournament - 17th May, ASB Arena
  • Lower North Island tournament - 3rd-7th Sept, Palmerston North
  • NZ Secondary Schools Nationals - 9th - 12th October, Timaru (if qualified)
The Jnr A team will compete in the  CSW Junior tournament - 9th August - and the Senior A, B and Junior A teams will be involved in various interschool exchanges.


Senior A and B dresses supplied. Senior C, D and Junior A teams,  tops supplied, player’s own black skirt. All other teams – black skirts and black and gold WGC PE sports shirt, white socks and supportive shoes. Bibs,ball and gear bag are supplied to all teams and must be returned at the end of the season. 

Trials (all held at WGC)




The process begins for year 9s with a “pre-trial” run by the Sports Office during a PE class. A number of simple netball drills are completed by the small group and they are graded into 4 ability groups, 1, 2, 3 and 4. This is purely a starting point. Past netball history is not taken into account, on purpose, as many girls have possibly missed out on rep teams unfairly and vice versa. There is also a huge change physically in girls from one season to another. We like to give everyone a fair chance. This grading then gives a rough platform for the first trial.

For the first Year 9 trial, teams will be made up from the 4 groups. On the registration form, girls have been asked for their favourite 2 positions. Girls are then put into trial teams – in their first position where possible – which are made up starting from the lower group ie the 4s, and moving upwards. It is then easier to hold a player over for a later trial if she is deemed more able than the others. The same 14 girls are kept on the court for about 30mins. With about 10 mins to go, selectors stop the game and ask if girls would like to trial at another position.

Selectors – working in pairs – grade 1 – 5. Two courts run at the same time and a moderator moves between courts to ensure the selectors are marking at the same level. At the second trial the girls have then been sorted into 5 groups, and the same process is used ie start making up trial teams from the 5s and move up. Selectors grade 1-5 again but with a + and – option so when it comes to making up the teams there are 15 levels of grading and we know who is slightly better than the others.

Year 10s through to seniors are done in a similar fashion. Depending on the team they were in last year, the girls are pre-graded 1-5. Eg if they were in the Senior A, they will be 1. If they were in the Senior D, they will be graded 2, and Senior M, graded 5. Selectors then have a starting point for the trials which continue as above. There is plenty of movement between grades as girls often grow, become more co-ordinated and “find their feet” from season to season.

The netball convenors then put teams together according to the grading and feedback from the coaches from the previous year.

The Junior trials (Year 9 and 10) are completed with a mini tournament at WGC where girls are looked at again. If they are not in the right team, it will be very evident.


We use a number of very experienced selectors. If they are parents, they will not be grading their daughters in any regard. Girls get seen by a variety of selectors over the course of the trial process. Independent convenors will place girls into teams. 

All Seniors     (including those trialing for the Senior A & B teams)

Tuesday             20th Feb            3.30pm - 6pm

Tuesday            27th Feb            3.30pm – 6pm

Thursday          8th March          3.30pm - 6pm


Those selected for the Senior A netball team, will not be permitted to play senior basketball, competitive or social.

The Senior trials are open to all students including juniors who feel they are capable of playing at this level.  Juniors, who don’t make the Senior A or B teams, will need to attend the junior trials)

Year 9 and 10

All Year 9 students will need to trial and will be placed into teams. Pre-trial assessment for Year 9s are held in PE class prior to trials by the Sports Department.


Year 9
Saturday             17th March         9.00am – Noon

Saturday             24th March         1pm – 4pm        


Year 10
Saturday           17th March          1.00pm – 4pm

Saturday           24th March           9.00am – Noon


Junior A trial - Tuesday 27th March 3.30pm - 5.30pm

(Year 9 and 10 girls will be invited to attend this trial)


Year 9 & 10  WGC Grading Tournament  (held at WGC)

All Year 9 & 10 players are expected to be available for this tournament. It is held at school. Junior players will be in provisional teams until then. Selectors will use this opportunity to ensure players have been placed accurately in teams based upon their ability and performance in trials.

Saturday 7th April      8.15am – Noon  

   Social Teams 
 Year 10 – 13 students can make up their own team of 10 players (no less) plus appoint a parent manager, in consultation with the Sports Office. Social teams play in the same competition and grades as other teams. It is the responsibility of these teams to find their own coach if they want one. The team registration forms can be collected from outside the Sports Office, but each player still needs to complete their own registration  form online and pay the fee. One team form per team needs to be returned to the Sports Office. Teams will not be entered until ALL players have registered and paid. 
We are always in need of coaches and managers. Coaching support is provided before and during the season. Please indicate your interest by filling out the Volunteers form found on the main page of the WGC sports website. Netball Wellington runs excellent coaching courses. See the details on their website and register early. Senior students who wish to coach should register their interest on the Netball Notice Board. There will be courses held at school for senior students wanting to coach. 

UmpiringUmpiring is compulsory for Collegiate 1 grade players and above. If you are a parent who is considering doing some umpiring, please see Netball Wellington’s website for information on their umpiring courses.
Cost:               $140. This must be paid before trials.  If students are selected in a team that ends up playing outdoors at Hataitai, $20 will be refunded.


Registration Forms must be completed, and payment made, Friday 9th Feb.

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