Netball national champs cancelled

Netball's national open championships are the latest casualty of the current Covid-19 outbreak.

The championships have been cancelled and are among several events impacted by yesterday's alert level update.

New Zealand south of Auckland is set to move to Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on Tuesday, while Auckland and Northland will remain in Alert Level 4.

The netball championships, for both women's and men's senior players representing their centres, were set to be held in Palmerston North on September 7-12, but will now be held at the same venue in September next year.

Last year's inaugural championships were also cancelled.

Swimming New Zealand has cancelled the remainder of its short course championships. It had completed the first day of the event when New Zealand went to Alert Level 4 and competitors returned home.

New Zealand Football has announced various dates for its competitions through to the end of the year depending on when alert levels drop.

The women's national league, in which Southern United plays, will begin on the weekend of September 25-26.

It is unlikely to have a grand final due to that delayed start. However, it could be held as late as the last weekend of October and be played over a single round.

The men's national league phase of its wider national competition is now set to begin on October 16-17.

The regional qualifying leagues are scheduled to begin in three weeks’ time.

The South Island's Southern Football League, from which the top two advance to the national league, has three rounds to play.

The women's National Basketball League, being played entirely in Auckland,

had completed the opening round of games when the country went to Alert Level 4.

The remaining three weeks of regular season have been postponed, as has the playoff weekend.

However, the league said it remained committed to playing out the season, probably in late October and early November.

New Zealand Rugby announced earlier in the week it had postponed all rugby across the country this weekend.

Locally, basketball, netball and hockey are still in limbo, waiting to play their premier club finals.

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