Regional State League heads to Hunter

After West/Central West kicked off proceedings last weekend, the Hunter will get their 2015 Regional State League competition underway on Sunday 8 March at Newcastle Netball Association.

40 teams representing 14 local Associations will participate in the round robin plus finals tournament, which will feature five Divisions in 2015.

2014 Division 1 winners and reigning Inter-Regional State League Champions Newcastle 21s will be back to defend their title, but will come up against some tough competition from their younger counterparts – Newcastle 17s – plus teams from Maitland, Scone, Lakeside, Wyong and Charlestown.

Netball NSW Regional Coordinator Monique Smith said there was an air of excitement in the region with the beginning of the State League competition.

“We are all very excited to get the 2015 Hunter Regional State League underway at Newcastle this weekend,” Smith said.

“Last year the competition produced some fantastic, closely-fought contests, and with many teams returning for 2015 we are expecting to see that same quality netball the Hunter is renowned for.  It’s a big year for netball and that’s no different in the Hunter, and we’re really excited to get the season underway this weekend.

“That said, I hope we’ll see a great turnout to come cheer the teams on, so come along to Newcastle on Sunday and see some great contests,” Smith concluded.

The competition continues in Maitland on Sunday 15 March for Day Two before moving to Wyong on Sunday 22 March for Day 3, with Finals to be hosted by Woy Woy Netball Association on Sunday 29 March.

To coincide with the opening day’s play Smith will also host the popular Dare to Develop a Diamond workshop for coaches of 11 to 13-year-olds at the courts before the opening matches. – Registrations close 12pm Friday 6 March 2015 – register here.

Running from 10:30am to 1:30pm, the workshop will kick-start the first of many practical development opportunities provided for in the Hunter Region this year, with the Dare to Develop a Diamond workshop (for coaches of 14-16yrs) to follow the following weekend, prior to the second day of Regional State League.

Click here for more information on the Dare to Develop a Diamond workshops for both age-groups, or contact Monique Smith on (02) 4902 8876 during business hours or email [email protected].