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Hoornweg leaves netball's Northern Stars

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/06/2017

Julie Hoornweg is standing down as Northern Stars coach. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Julie Hoornweg is standing down as Northern Stars coach. Northern Stars coach Julie Hoornweg is returning home to Australia, opting not to seek an extension of her contract with New Zealand's newest national netball premiership team.

The former Fiji, England and Melbourne Vixens coach said she felt the time was right for someone else to pick up the coaching reins.

The Northern Stars, which represent the south and east of Auckland, finished fifth in the six-team competition in its inaugural year.

Hoornweg said it had been a difficult decision to make.

"It's been a challenging job starting up a new club and team but one that I've certainly enjoyed," she said.

"I think we've set the base for this new team and I'm confident they're in a good place to keep moving forward."

The Stars had struggled early in the season with injuries to key players, but caused a couple of upsets later in the season against the higher-ranked Mystics and Magic.

Northern Stars general manager Tim Hamilton said Hoornweg had played a key role in establishing the foundations of the new elite team.

"Julie has been a true asset to the Northern Stars and we wish her well on her return home to Australia."

The Stars will begin the search for a new coach immediately.

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