With the winners of Regional State League in the Hunter, Far North Coast, North Coast, Riverina and South Coast regions already decided, the excitement is building towards Netball NSW’s inaugural Inter Regional State League competition.
The invitational event will be contested from Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 September at the Anne Clark Centre by teams representing the seven regional areas of Netball NSW; Hunter, West/Central West, Far North Coast, South Coast, Northern Inland, North Coast and Riverina.
The event not only gives players, coaches and umpires from regional Associations the chance to compete at an elite level, but also provides further development opportunities for both coaches and umpires, who will receive mentoring throughout the weekend.
This next level of competition for Regional State League teams was formed following feedback from regional Associations.
Nikki Horton, Netball NSW General Manager – Sport Development, said all seven regions were keen to have another level of competition following State League in their own areas.
“After listening to the feedback from the regions, at the Netball NSW Regional Strategic Forum last year we proposed the new competition, and everybody was on board and we had really strong and positive feedback,” Horton said.
“This competition was something that the regions wanted and we are pleased we are able to implement it this year. It will provide more opportunities to players, coaches and umpires from regional areas and gives them the experience of competing against teams from other regions.”
The new event will be one of the final competitions contested at the Anne Clark Centre, a fitting sign off from the historic home of Netball NSW, ahead of the dawning of a new one at Netball Central in 2014.
The introduction of the competition comes at a time when Netball NSW continues to increase the development and educational opportunities the organisation is delivering to regional areas from NetED tours to Netball NSW School Holiday Clinics and more.
The Division One winner of each Regional State League is invited to contest the Inter Regional competition.
Teams will compete in a round robin format, with all teams playing each other once in games consisting of four 10 minute quarters.
Following the preliminary round games the top four teams on the competition ladder will playoff for final placings, with the third and fourth-placed teams on the ladder to play off for third, and the top two teams after the rounds to contest the Grand Final to decide the Winner and Runner Up.
2013 Division One Regional State League Winners to date:
Hunter: Charlestown U19
Far North Coast: Lismore
North Coast: Coffs Harbour
Riverina: Wagga Wagga 17s
South Coast: Sapphire Coast