Taini Jamison Trophy rescheduled to two-game series
AFTER a challenging and uncertain past few days, Netball New Zealand confirmed that the 2022 Taini Jamison Trophy would go ahead this week, albeit in a condensed fixture. The series, which will see the Silver Ferns host Jamaica, will now have two matches instead of the initially planned three, following passport issues that prevented the Sunshine Girls from entering the country.
Originally, Jamaica was meant to land in New Zealand late last week for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday in Hamilton, but instead, the third test will now become the first, and both tests will be played in Auckland. The first test will take place at Eventfinda Stadium on Wednesday, September 21, with the second test to follow the next day – Thursday, September 22 – at Pulman Arena.
Unfortunately due to the passport complications – which were eventually resolved – the Hamilton leg of the series had to be cancelled, with half of the Sunshine Girls landing in New Zealand today and the rest to follow tomorrow. Netball New Zealand chief commercial officer David Cooper said that it was a relief to be able to still play the series after the challenges the tournament organisers and teams had faced.
“Seeing these two great teams on court playing for the Taini Jamison Trophy has been the goal all along and we’re excited that this prospect is a step closer,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the team behind the scenes who have been working around the clock to ensure this series has the best chance possible to go ahead. But I’d also like to recognise our netball fans who have been affected by the flow on effects of rescheduling matches.
“Now our focus can return to what we hope is an exciting Cadbury Netball Series between the Silver Ferns and Jamaica.”
Netball Jamaica Tricia Robinson said the Sunshine Girls were excited to still be able to take part in the series.
“We are very much looking forward to finally arriving in New Zealand and getting on court for what we know will be a great series.”
Taini Jamison Trophy – Cadbury Netball Series
Wednesday 21 September
Eventfinda Stadium @ 7:30pm
Thursday 22 September
Pulman Arena @ 7:30pm