Netball was the last of the major winter codes to restart after lockdown, and the North Canterbury Netball Centre at Dudley Park was packed with keen netballers. The pandemic effected season will see two weeks grading to being with, before a Challenge round, and then a Competition Round. Twelve teams make up the Group 1 grading round. The most highly contested match of the round was between Amberley and Kaiapoi One. The Kaiapoi side featured Kymm Robinson, in her 20 th season of Premier netball. Amberley narrowly got up over Kaiapoi One 26-24. Central One defeated Kaiapoi Two 52-14, but Central Two and Three were defeated by Ohoka Two, 13-39, and Ashley, 24-38, respectively. Ohoka One defeated Rangiora High Two 54-9, and Rangiora High One defeated Kaiapoi High 33-16. Hundreds of Future Ferns took to the courts for their junior grading games too, with smiles a plenty.