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Netball Australia uniform protest Diamonds players to face Hancock Prospecting


Netball Australia has announced Diamonds players will meet Hancock Prospecting bosses in the coming days as the sport’s sponsorship storm continues to swirl.

Netball Australia has taken steps to address the reported issues after the players took a public stance to distance the team from the sport’s new major sponsor and stakeholder Hancock Prospecting, the mining giant headed by Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart.

It comes after On Monday, Marina Goh stepped down as chair of Netball Australia takes effect immediately after the player’s feedback.

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This is followed by Guo’s resignation The Diamonds complained that Hancock Prospecting’s branding was placed on the team’s uniforms during the Constellation Cup Series.

Netball Australia is holding its ground, with the governing body’s new chairwoman Wendy Archer saying the sport has strengthened its ties to continue to go hand-in-hand with the mining giant.

Australia Diamonds ahead of Constellation Cup game two. Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Netball Australia released a statement on Tuesday morning denying reports of a player boycott, while confirming the sport was trying to bridge the gap between the locker room and the new sponsor.

The statement also included an admission that the governing body had not disclosed aspects of its partnership with Hancock Prospecting following reports that no players or the Players’ Association had been consulted about the sponsorship.

Netball Australia said in a statement: “Mrs Archer also denied claims there was no consultation with ANPA (Australian Netball Players Association) about the commercial partnership.

“She said ANPA was notified of the upcoming mining partnership in July. Netball Australia acknowledges that the identity of Hancock Prospecting has not been disclosed due to commercial sensitivities following ANPA’s unanimous support of a private equity takeover bid for the Suncorp Super Netball competition.’

The sport has described the sponsorship partnership, which is reportedly worth $15 million, as “groundbreaking”.

The commercial deal is a lifeline for the governing body, which has lost more than $7 million over the past two years, largely due to Super Netball-related costs.

Netball Australia says it is an absolute priority for the organization to address and resolve individual players’ partnership concerns as quickly as possible.

Amy Parmenter of Australian Diamonds. Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

In a statement, the organization said: “After becoming aware of the cultural sensitivity raised by a member of the Diamonds squad regarding the placement of the Hancock sponsorship uniform logo, Netball Australia and Hancock Prospecting are working tirelessly to acknowledge and acknowledge the sensitivity to further understand this squad member’s concerns and provide avenues for support.

Report by Fox Sports first exposed the gap between the players and the game’s new financial backer regarding Indigenous player Donnell Wall as she prepares to make her Australian debut after being selected in the squad for the Constellation Cup series.

Netball Australia has announced that it will now arrange a meeting between the entire playing group and representatives from Hancock Prospecting.

“Mrs Archer said the players had been supportive throughout the process and denied allegations the Diamonds had engaged in any form of boycott or refused to wear uniforms with the Hancock Prospecting logo during recent games in New Zealand,” Netball Australia said in a statement. . .

“Netball Australia did not require the Hancock Prospecting Dress to be worn during the Constellation Cup due to additional obligations placed on Netball Australia by the Australian Netball Players Association (ANPA).

“Netball Australia felt it was not in the best interests of the players, the sport and Hancock Prospecting to wear the dress at this time. Hancock Prospecting agreed and supported it so that players were not unnecessarily distracted.”

Australia take on New Zealand in the second Test of the Constellations Cup at the John Cain Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday.


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