Trans-Tasman netball numbers boosted

NZ Newswire November 15, 2012, 2:37 pm

A busy off-season in the trans-Tasman netball league has led to a raft of changes in playing rosters for the 10-team competition released on Thursday.

Next year's league will operate under an increased salary cap, with bigger squads for New Zealand-based teams under a new collective agreement signed off last month.

For the first time since the league began in 2008, the salary cap has increased to $380,000 for all five New Zealand franchise teams. There will be stricter control and monitoring of the cap, including a contract approval process.

Teams will also be able contract up to 14 players, two more than the previous maximum.

ANZ Championship general manager Andy Crook says a record number of players have been contracted, with 127 players signing up across the 10 franchises.

There have been 49 changes to team lists from last season, with the Southern Steel having the most at eight, followed by Canterbury Tactix on seven.

Grand finalists Melbourne Vixens, 2011 premiers Queensland Firebirds and Northern Mystics all have six personnel changes in their playing lists.

Champions Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic have five new faces, while West Coast Fever - who finished eighth out of 10 in 2012 - have only one.