The MAGS Netball Academy was set up in 2000 by former Silver Fern Bernice Mene, and was designed for Year 9-10 girls. It was later led by former Silver Fern and New Zealand age group coach Te Aroha Keenan, and is now overseen by Kathy Henry. Kathy has been Head coach and an Assistant coach of two Beko teams as well a many representative teams throughout the levels. She has come to us from a Regional Development role and has been a selector for New Zealand Secondary Schools teams.
This wealth of knowledge has seen the growth of netball at the school, with players like Maria Folau, our first Premier Captain in 2004 and a key member of the Silver Ferns, continuing with the sport to a high level after leaving school.
The Premier team has lead the way throughout the years, having been winners of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Championship in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.
In Year 9, students selected for the Netball Academy have two practical lessons per week with some basic theory work relating to rules, umpiring and game analysis.
The Year 10 Netball Academy class have two practical sessions and one theory session per week covering rules, nutrition, fitness, skill acquisition and development, and game analysis.
Many girls have gained representative honours over recent years – Maia Wilson was selected for the Silver Ferns in 2016, her first year out of high school when she went straight to a contract with the Central Pulse. 2015 Captain Holly Fowler is in the NZ Under 21 team and went straight to a contract with the Northern Mystics. For the 2017 season the players have reunited to represent the new Northern Stars franchise.
Jamie-Lee Price, 2013 Premier Captain, went on to play for the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, was selected for the Fast5 Ferns in 2014 and is now continuing her career in the Australian league.
Other MAGS players currently playing in the ANZ Championship are Tera-Maria Amani (Mystics) and Erikana Pederson (Mainland Tactix).