Netball – the Constellation Cup

New Zealand defeats Australia in Game One 49-44

Four tests – all played in Christchurch. The first competitive game for the Australian team in over a year and a half due to Covid. Game One sees a narrow win for the home side in front of – no crowd – due to Covid. The result sets up a difficult task for Australia. It needs to win all three remaining games or tie the series 2 all with a healthier goal difference to retain the Constellation Cup, which it has won eight times consecutively. Read about it here for the full details of Game One:

New Zealand beats Australia 49-44 in game one of the Constellation Cup netball series in Christchurch

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The Silver Ferns put Australia under pressure from the start.

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The Diamonds have slipped to defeat in their return to Test netball, losing 49-44 to New Zealand in the Constellation Cup opener on Tuesday night.

Key points:

  • Australia’s national netball team, the Diamonds, have won the Constellation Cup series against New Zealand seven times in a row
  • However the Diamonds have lost game one of the 2021 series to the Silver Ferns in Christchurch
  • New Zealand led by seven goals at half-time, and although the Diamonds edged the final quarter, the home side won 49-44

Some 492 days since their last outing and just two days out of quarantine, Australia were beaten out of the blocks in Christchurch and never recovered.

The match was Stacey Marinkovich’s first as Australia coach and the victory will raise Kiwi hopes of winning the Cup for the first time since 2012.

Australia went in with five debutants. Kiera Austin started at goal attack, alongside her former Giants teammate Caitlin Bassett.

Four of the five players on the bench were also playing their first game for Australia; Sophie Garbin, Kim Jenner, Cara Koenen and Verity Charles.

The home side began strongly, going on a five-goal run to get out to a 10-5 lead. Australia responded with three goals in a row, but the Diamonds ended up trailing 14-10 at quarter-time.

Australia scored the first two goals of the second quarter to close within two, but that was as close as they got.

New Zealand gradually took control again and established a 28-21 lead at the main break.

The Silver Ferns’ lead blew out to double figures early in the third term before Australia stormed back.

Marinkovich rang the changes and had some success; captain Bassett and Austin in goal attack put on five straight goals.

The injection of Karin Burger in defence midway through the third term turned the tables and the Silver Ferns went to the last change ahead 40-31.

Constellation Cup game one:

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New Zealand14284049
Australia10213144

Scorers:

NZ: M Wilson 31/40, A Ekenasio 18/23

AUS: C Bassett 19/21, K Austin 18/24

Centre Liz Watson said the Diamonds made “basic errors” and “struggled to get through the zone defence”.

Australia shaded New Zealand in the fourth quarter, winning it 13-9, but left themselves too much to do.

Bassett, the regular skipper under former coach Lisa Alexander but the first of Marinkovich’s rotated leaders in this series, scored 19 goals from 21 attempts in a typically strong display.

The Silver Ferns were outscored in the final quarter, but they will take a 1-0 lead into game two against Australia.(

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Against a steely Silver Ferns defence, Austin showed early nerves, missing four of her first 10 before finishing with 18 from 24 shots.

Charles played the second half at wing attack.

While Koenen took Bassett’s place for the fourth term and scored seven, shooting at 100 per cent.

For New Zealand, goal shooter Maia Wilson was the leader in attack with 31 goals from 40 attempts.

Skipper Ameliaranne Ekenasio shot 18 from 23, and added 12 handy assists.

Australia will need to win the final three games or tie the series 2-2 with a healthier goal difference to retain the Constellation Cup for an eighth straight time.

Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua, who masterminded a boilover 2019 World Cup final win over Australia, served the Diamonds notice of their intent.

“We’re gunning for it. Now is the time for us,” Taurua said.

The series has been rearranged due to COVID-19, with all four Tests being played in Christchurch without crowds.

Game two is on Wednesday before the series concludes with matches on Saturday and Sunday.

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Major Upgrades to Occur in the Victorian Schools and Education Sector

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Late last month, the Victorian Government announced it would be embarking upon a $2.7B construction blitz to counteract the negative effects of Coronavirus on the State’s economy. A substantial part of the construction package will be more that $1 billion to be spent on upgrading schools and school facilities.

Nellakir has been deeply involved in the current Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme constructing and installing many multi-use indoor timber floored facilities which provide space for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and other team sports as well as Gymnastics and a designated indoor assembly area. With this funding injection to the sector there will be no doubt many more Primary and Secondary Schools enjoying a modern upgrade of their facilities. Basketball and netball, for both boys and girls, are two of the fastest growing junior sports in Australia.

Here is the Government press release in full…

Coronavirus prompts Victoria to launch $2.7b construction blitz to stimulate state’s economic recovery

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Premier Daniel Andrews said the package would create thousands of jobs.

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a $2.7 billion construction blitz, including more than $1 billion to upgrade schools, to stimulate the Victorian economy and create thousands of jobs.

Key points:

  • The package will include refurbishment of 23,000 public housing units and 168 new homes
  • $1.2 billion will be spent on new schools and school upgrades in regional and metropolitan Victoria
  • $382 million will also go towards tourism infrastructure

“The Government will invest that money to deliver hundreds of projects to secure thousands of jobs in maintenance, upgrades to public housing, through to road maintenance, upgrading train stations and a very significant boost, more than $1 billion to schools,” Mr Andrews said.

He said many of the projects in the Building Works package were new while others had already been planned but were being brought forward.

The projects were specifically chosen because they could begin quickly and stimulate the economy.

Work to refurbish 23,000 public housing units would begin immediately with the rest of the projects to get underway within three to six months, he said.

The package is expected to create 3,700 direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs.

“We’re ready to go with this and it will be a great boost to carpenters, to bricklayers, to concreters, to people who do carpet laying, to plumbers across the board,” Mr Andrews said

“Small firms particularly will benefit. Hundreds and hundreds of projects supporting thousands of families.”

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The construction blitz is expected to create 3,700 direct jobs and thousands more indirect jobs.

The money is in addition to the State Government’s $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package announced last month.

Spending and projects in the package announced today include:

  • $500 million to upgrade 23,000 public and community housing dwellings and build 168 new homes
  • $382 million for upgrades, maintenance and new experiences at tourism destinations including 50 kilometres of mountain bike trails in the Ararat Hills and upgrades at the Gippsland Lakes
  • Other small projects such as local sports facility upgrades, work to improve waterways and coastal areas, tree planting and graffiti removal
  • Transport spending including 300km of regional track improvements, repairs at more than 15 train stations, more maintenance on trains and trams, local pier upgrades along the coast and $328 million for resurfacing and patching roads
  • More than $100 million for CFA and SES station upgrades, disability accommodation and mental health and aged care facilities across Victoria

State to get new schools, upgrades and relocatable buildings

Education Minister James Merlino said almost $1.2 billion of the funding would be spent building 10 new schools and 250 relocatable buildings and completing 57 upgrades.

Mr Merlino said the works would create capacity for 21,000 additional student places around the state and more than 1,600 local construction jobs.

He said the Greater Shepparton Secondary College project alone would deliver almost 300 local jobs for the community.

“I’m really pleased that Clifton Creek Primary school, the school that was burnt down in the summer bushfires, [will be rebuilt],” he said.

“This is the biggest school building program our state has ever seen,” he added.

“It will also deliver on all our remaining election commitments.”

Builders welcome construction funding

Michelle Brooker is the general manager of her family’s construction businesses, Brooker Builders, that is based in Bairnsdale in East Gippsland.

She said the construction industry in East Gippsland had slowed down.

“In East Gippsland we have had three years of drought, then the bushfires and now COVID-19,” she said.

“Due to a lack of work in the area a majority of our workforce is currently working outside of East Gippsland.

“Now that has never happened before.”

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Michelle Brooker hopes the Victorian Government’s construction funding can help the sector in East Gippsland.

She said the State Government funding was a “welcome opportunity” for the building sector right across the state.

But Ms Brooker wants to see the State Government consider local businesses when it awards building contracts.

” We know that we still need to prove value for money and to be competitive but we believe this is an opportunity and it would be fantastic to turn that opportunity into reality.”
Successful tenderers to source additional labour through government scheme

Mr Andrews said the Working for Victoria scheme, in which people who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic are placed into industries and sectors that need more staff, would be a core component of the building tenders.

“If a business wins a tender and needs to employ additional staff over and above what they have now, they will have to come to Working for Victoria first and if we can match up people who have lost their jobs with these small and medium firms then that’s a fantastic outcome,” he said.

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Fast Break Drills for Youth Basketball

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Fast Break Drills for Youth Basketball

Are you looking for drills that will help your youth basketball team get out in transition and score more points on the fast break? Then you’ll love these two practice ideas.

The first one is called the “Celtics Layup Drill”, and it trains your kids to pass accurately and finish at high speed in a full court setting. It’s also excellent for keeping your youth basketball team in top physical condition.

The second drill is called “Triangle Breakout” – this one focuses on boxing out after the shot goes up, then quickly transitioning from defense to offense. If you enjoy these drills, make sure you download the Fast Break Domination eBook today.

Boston Celtic Passing Drill:

This drill is run with two group of players simultaneously moving down the court, one on each side of the court and going towards opposite baskets (see the diagram below).

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To start, there will be a player in each corner, a player under each basket with a ball, and a player standing on each side of the center circle. This is a passing drill that will start with the player under each basket and wind-up with that player making a layup at the opposite end of the floor.

The players under each basket will begin the drill by passing to the right corner. That player will sprint up the floor and receive a pass back. The next pass will go to half court. The player will continue to sprint up the floor and receive the pass back. The next pass is to the other corner (on the other end of the floor). The player will receive the ball back and make a layup. That player will then go to the corner to the left.

After each pass, the player making the pass should move to the next spot on the floor. So the player in the right corner will go to half court, the player at half court will go to the corner, and the player in the corner will get the rebound from the layup and then begin the drill all over again by passing to the right corner and sprinting up the floor.

Coaching Points:

The coach should look for crisp and accurate chest passes. He should also see the player going through the drill running hard and finishing hard with a layup. The players on each spot should pass the ball back so that the player running the floor doesn’t have to break stride.

Basketball Transition Drill: Triangle Breakout

To start, three offensive players and three defensive players set-up in a triangle under the basket. Two other defensive players stand on each wing. See the diagram below.

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To initiate the drill, the coach will take the shot. When the shot is taken, the defensive players must box out the offensive players. Once a defender grabs the rebound, that player must make an outlet pass to one of the players on the wing. The offensive players should contest the outlet pass. If the defense doesn’t grab the rebound or successfully make an outlet pass, then the ball goes back to the coach for another shot.
Once the outlet pass is made, all five players (the three in the triangle under the basket and the two outlet players) break up court and run a play. Once the play is completed, the drill is run again.

Coaching Points:

The coach should make sure the defensive players find a man and successfully box that man out. Players should go up strong for the rebound. Then a crisp outlet pass should be made.

The defensive players should be vocal, yelling out “Shot” and “Box Out” when the shot goes up. When they secure the rebound, the rebounder should yell “Ball” and the outlet man should yell “Outlet!” to receive the pass and begin the fast break.

Source: online-basketball-drills.com

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