New Coach Set to Guide Mainland in 2018 Beko Netball League
2nd November 2017
Canterbury’s Ronelle van Dongen has returned to her netball roots to take on a new role as Head Coach of the 2018
Mainland Beko Netball League team.
The former Canterbury and Mid Canterbury representative is back home after 16 years in Australia where she has assembled
an impressive netballing resume both on and off the court.
Van Dongen (nee Hall) played at various age-group levels in Canterbury before her career as a nurse took her across the
ditch where she played in the Australian Netball League for the Northern Territory Storm side.
She took on more of a coaching focus in 2008 when she started guiding Northern Territory age-group representative teams
before working as assistant coach for the Storm in 2012 and head coach in the national league for 2013.
She was also assistant coach of the Northern Territory Institute of Sport netball programme from 2007 to 2015. In 2016
she achieved the Netball Australia elite coaching accreditation.
Prior to returning home Van Dongen was selected as one of four coaches from throughout Australia to join Netball
Australia’s targeted coach programme which is aimed to provide development opportunities for identified coaches within
the national programme and training camps.
She said she was pleased to be back in Christchurch and looking forward to working with the players ahead of the new
“I am so excited to have returned home and been given this wonderful opportunity to work with the Mainland Beko players
and support them to achieve their potential,” she said.
Mainland Performance Manager Jen Hooper said van Dongen brought plenty of experience to the position.
“This league is fundamental to strengthening the Zone’s performance pathway, the development of talent and
competitiveness,” she said. “We are delighted to appoint a person of Ronelle’s experience and look forward to the
on-going development of our talented players.”
Van Dongen will combine her role of Mainland Head Coach with her position as High Performance Director of Netball at St
Andrew’s College in Christchurch.
Mainland finished runner-up in this year’s Beko Netball League, going down to Central in the Grand Final. Open trials to
select next year’s squad will be on November 11-12.