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ANZ Championship to have new GM

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 8/04/2016

ANZ Championship general manager Andy Crook is leaving the trans-Tasman netball competition to take up a position with the Australian National Basketball League.

The announcement of his departure at the end of next week comes amid uncertainty over the future shape of the 10-team championship, which is run by the Trans-Tasman Netball League.

TTNL board chairperson Shirley Hooper says Crook has overseen a period of continued growth and evolution in the tournament over the past five years.

Crook is to become the ANBL's chief operating officer.

His replacement for the rest of the season will be Mark Bailey, who has been with the ANZ Championship as business finance manager since its inception in 2008.

The TTNL said Bailey would work closely with Netball New Zealand, Netball Australia and the teams to build on the competition's year-on-year growth.

In March, Netball NZ chief executive Hilary Poole said splitting the league into separate New Zealand and Australian events, but keeping a trans-Tasman element, was one of several options being considered for 2017.

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