Sport Super Netball players promise 'some form of protest' as Netball Australia board dumps Kathryn Harby-Williams

13:30  21 april  2017
13:30  21 april  2017 Source:   MSN

Players protest at Super Netball match

  Players protest at Super Netball match Australian Super Netball players from the Giants and Magpies have joined in a silent pre-match protest over governance issues in the sport.Ahead of their round nine match, Giants Netball and Collingwood Magpies players came together around the centre circle and joined in silence for approximately one minute at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday.

Australian netball board member Kathryn Harby -Willams (L) chats with Silver Fern Maria Tutaia at a charity function in Auckland in 2007. Australia 's best netballers are threatening strike action this weekend

The players served Netball Australia with an unprecedented warning that drastic measures would be taken if respected board member Kathryn Harby - Williams was not re-elected to one of three vacant positions at the annual general meeting in Canberra.

  Super Netball players promise 'some form of protest' as Netball Australia board dumps Kathryn Harby-Williams © Provided by ABC Grandstand This weekend's Super Netball matches will go ahead after players received assurances that their pay deals would remain intact, the Australian Netball Players' Association (ANPA) has said.

There were concerns about possible strike action after former Australian captain Kathryn Harby-Williams was dumped from the board of Netball Australia.

Harby-Williams was standing for re-election to the board but was not elected at the Netball Australia annual general meeting in Canberra on Friday morning.

After some speculation, the ANPA released a statement saying this weekend's matches would go ahead but "some form of protest" would occur.

Netballers threaten strike action as tensions between players and state associations mount

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Industrial action is expected to disrupt this weekend's round of Super Netball matches after the Netball Australia board failed to re-elect Kathryn Harby - Williams as a director on what another former Diamonds' captain, Liz Ellis, described as "a sad day for netball ".

Elite netball players are considering strike action after former Australian captain Kathryn Harby - Williams was dumped from the board of Netball Australia .

"The players have resolved that the protest will not include cancelling this week's matches in the interest of fans, corporate partners and broadcast obligations," the statement read.

"Instead the protest will seek to continue to shine a light on the very real issue of independence and governance on the board."

Key to the players remaining on the court was a guarantee that their current conditions would be maintained.

Last year, Australian netball players received "landmark" contracts, featuring a pay rise and more family-friendly conditions.

The recent negotiations raised fears that those conditions would be scrapped, but the ANPA said the players' benefits were safe.

With Harby-Williams gone, Cheryl McCormack and Marcia Ella-Duncan were appointed to three-year terms on the board, while Susan Comerford was appointed to a one-year term filling a casual vacancy.

Board members described the result as a "clear resolution", and a "great outcome for the sport".

The ANPA also bemoaned the loss of director Anne-Marie Corboy from the board, calling her and Harby-Williams "outstanding contributors to the sport [who] will always be welcomed by the players".

"The players will keep a very watchful eye over the deliberations of the board in the immediate future to ensure it makes decisions that benefit the sport as a whole," the ANPA said.

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