Mainland Tactix coach quits after horrendous start to netball's ANZ Championship

Mainland Tactix netball coach Sue Hawkins has quit her position effective immediately, after the side's poor start to the new ANZ Championship.

Hawkins' departure comes in the wake of the 90-41 loss to the Southern Steel in Christchurch last week. 

The Tactix boast the worst record in the competition this season, having lost all five of their opening matches, the only side without a win.

"Moving forward as a professional coach, there is a time when you have to step aside in the interest of the team," Hawkins said.

"I have enjoyed my time with the Tactix and wish them all the best for the rest of the season."

Assistant coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek will take over the role for the rest of the season.

Sue Hawkins
Sue Hawkins Source: Photosport


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Former Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua has called time on her international netball career.

Kopua, 31, played 101 Tests for New Zealand, 77 of those as captain.

"It has been an honour and a privilege to wear the black dress. The memories and friends I have made I will always treasure, but this is the right decision for me and my family," Kopua said.

Kopua made her return to competitive netball with the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic this season, with injuries and family commitments limiting her playtime in recent seasons.

"Leading this young Magic side is exciting for me – there is so much talent coming through and the sport is in good hands."

"Netball will always be a part of my life, but for now I look forward to seeing the Silver Ferns continue to grow under the leadership of Katrina and Maria as they look to the Commonwealth Games and Netball World Cup – I'll be cheering loudly with the rest of the country."

Kopua represented New Zealand in three World Cups, and three Commonwealth Games, winning two gold medals.

Her last Test appearance came in 2015, with injuries limiting her involvement since.

Kopua will continue to play for the Magic in the current ANZ Premiership.

Casey Kopua
Casey Kopua Source: Photosport