Netball; Sport

Netball World Championships 2007
Saturday 10 November, 7.30pm

TV ONE will be the home of the Silver Ferns this November, with full coverage of all New Zealand games, as the Kiwi team compete to win back-to-back Netball World Championship titles (starting tonight at 7.30pm). ONE Sport’s coverage will be hosted by Lavina Good, with top New Zealand sports broadcasters Julie Coney and Brendan Telfer heading a commentary team that includes Dean McLachlan, former Silver Ferns Jenny-May Coffin and Joan Hodson, and Australian netball great Anne Sargeant.

The competition begins on Saturday 10 November at Auckland’s Waitakere Stadium. Over an intense eight-day period, teams from 16 countries will vie for netball’s ultimate title. The Silver Ferns enter the tournament as top seed and Commonwealth games gold medallists, and have the home advantage: the World Championships were relocated to New Zealand earlier this year as a result of the military coup in Fiji. They will face stiff competition from trans-Tasman rivals Australia, as well as England, Jamaica and South Africa.

Julie Coney has commentated on three Netball World Championships, and was part of the winning Silver Ferns side in 1987. She is looking forward to seeing the Kiwi team defend their World Championship title on home soil, but warns that the competition will be tough. “New Zealand and Australia are always the teams to watch, but England will be in with a real chance this year and Jamaica has been known to upset – it’s very dependent upon the team that they bring.”

Brendan Telfer agrees. “Australia and New Zealand are clear favourites, but I suspect both Jamaica and England will be more competitive in 2007 than they have been at any previous World Champs in the past 25 years.”

Anne Sargeant will bring an Australian perspective to ONE Sport’s coverage. She is hoping for a trans-Tasman final, but says there is plenty to look forward to throughout the tournament on TV ONE.

“ONE Sport’s coverage is the envy of the international netball world – LIVE, edgy, and fresh, with knowledgeable, respected and communicative commentators, who enjoy a good rapport with each other and their audience.”

All Silver Ferns matches will be broadcast free-to-air on TV ONE. For those unable to watch the action LIVE, games broadcast on TV ONE will be available at tvnz.co.nz, and via broadband at tvnzondemand.co.nz, 90 minutes after the television broadcast ends. The Silver Ferns play Malawi, Wales and Botswana in pool A.

Coverage on TV ONE is as follows:

• Saturday 10 November, 7.30pm: Highlights of the Opening Ceremony followed by the Silver Ferns v Malawai LIVE
• Sunday 11 November, 10.50pm: Australia v Samoa (delayed)
• Monday 12 November, 4pm: Silver Ferns v Wales LIVE
• Tuesday 13 November, 8.30pm: Silver Ferns v Botswana (delayed)
• Wednesday 14 November, 11pm: Quarter-final preview
• Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm: One quarter-final LIVE and highlights of the other quarter-finals
• Friday 16 November, 7.30pm: One semi-final LIVE and highlights of the other semi-final
• Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm: Final LIVE