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Players protest at Super Netball match

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017 David Sygall

Caitlin Thwaites of the Magpies controls the ball. © Matt King/Getty Images Caitlin Thwaites of the Magpies controls the ball. Players from two of Super Netball's newest and strongest clubs have linked arms in a pre-match protest at what their players' association claims are governance issues which threaten the sport's future.

Ahead of their round nine match, Giants Netball and Collingwood Magpies players came together around the centre circle and joined in silence for approximately one minute at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday.

They then put their hands together in the centre of the circle as a sign of their solidarity and resolve.

It followed similar protest action at Super Netball on Saturday.

The gesture comes at the end of a tumultuous period for the league, which started this year with three new teams - Sunshine Coast Lightning, the Giants and Magpies - and the exclusion of sides from New Zealand.

The Australian Netball Players' Association presented a letter to Netball Australia chair Paolina Hunt on Wednesday protesting "corporate governance issues", the removal of Anne-Marie Corboy as NA chair at a special meeting and stating that the re-election of former Diamonds captain Kathryn Harby-Williams was "non-negotiable".

Harby-Williams failed to gain re-election, testing the players' threat to engage in industrial action, explore establishing a rebel league and boycott availability for international matches for the rest of the year.

In the end, the players promised "some form of protest" at this round of matches.

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