Netball New Zealand have partnered with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) for the next three years to deliver the Fast5 Netball World Series to be played at Auckland's superb Vector Arena from 9-11 November 2012.
Netball New Zealand was awarded the Fast5 Netball World Series hosting rights for the next three years by the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA).
Netball New Zealand Chief Executive Raelene Castle said they were thrilled to have the support from ATEED in bringing this international sporting event to Auckland.
"We are excited to launch the Fast5 Netball World Series in New Zealand. It's great for Auckland to host the top six netball countries in the world in a competition that will attract Netball fans from all over the country", she said.
Acting General Manager Destination Jennah Wootten said ATEED was delighted to be working with Netball New Zealand to launch the Fast5 Netball World Series.
"It's an honour to host the world's leading netball countries and fans for this exciting series. Netball fans are some of the most passionate and fanatical.They will be here to cheer on their team and enjoy what Auckland has to offer. This is great for Auckland and the economy,"says Ms Wootten.
The name Fast5 reflects the innovative netball rule changes with on-court team numbers reduced from 7 players to 5 and three goal scoring zones.
Fast5, developed by IFNA in collaboration with the international netball community, is a high-speed, high-octane variant on the traditional game. Since its original launch as FastNet in 2009 it has proven a hit with players and spectators, including an international TV audience. The evolution of the game to Fast5 will provide fans with an even greater spectacle.All Fast5 games will be shown live on SKY Sport in New Zealand.