An unwavering dedication which spans over 50 years has seen Southland's Colleen Bond made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her services to netball.

Boasting seven Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel players in its ranks, the Netball South Under-23 team will prove a formidable opponent.

Successful Otago coach Lauren Piebenga has been appointed to the helm of the Netball South U23 team this season.

Southland’s Lana Winders has been appointed to the helm of Netball South.

Netball South will be strongly represented at the New Zealand U21 trials with three players invited to attend.