The Carole Sykes Memorial Trophy

Tomorrow, Saturday 18 February, State Pride is on the line.

Our two Suncorp Super Netball franchises, GIANTS Netball and the NSW Swifts, will not only be battling for competition points, but will be going head-to-head in the Battle of the Waratah: the Carole Sykes Memorial Trophy.

A legend of NSW netball, Carole Sykes believed in the Waratah. She displayed great pride in the New South Wales dress, and the role she played in developing some of this State’s finest netball athletes.

A former NSW Captain and representative, Carole turned to her hand to coaching after retiring – helping steer NSW to three National Netball and three ESSO Mobil League titles. She was also a former Australian player and coach, and is a member of the Netball NSW Hall of Fame.

Introduced in 2017, the Carole Sykes Memorial Trophy will be contested by both NSW Suncorp Super Netball teams – the GIANTS and Swifts – with the winner being determined based on the result of each match the teams contest.

With over 40 years of service to the Waratah, the proud symbol of NSW representation in netball, Carole Sykes embodies the spirit of the elite player and coach in NSW and this trophy symbolises her passion and spirit for the battle on the court.