Too small for Tests


Queenstown won’t host a major netball Test, according to New Zealand’s most successful coach – but the resort’s made to order as a training venue.

Robyn Broughton says the Events Centre is too small to accommodate large crowds drawn to big games – “but you can certainly host those pre-season games and training camps”.

Broughton, coach of Otago-Southland team Southern Steel, is a big fan of the Events Centre, however – she’s held many training sessions and pre-season games there.

Before this year’s ANZ championship competition, Queenstown hosted a three-day warm-up for Australian and
provincial NZ teams in February.

“[Queenstown] did that really well and I know for a fact that we’re going to try to do it again next year.

“The Australian teams that came out just absolutely loved it. It was well-supported and well-sponsored, and those things make a big difference.

“There’s not enough [space] for Test matches or international matches because you have to have
a stadium to accommodate at least 5000.”

Broughton is the ambass­­ador for the 13th annual Golden Oldies Netball World Festival, to be held in Queens­­­town for the first time from November 1-8.

Despite having turned out for the Invercargill United golden oldies team, Broughton won’t be pulling on a bib in Queenstown as she’s “too busy” with coaching commitments.