Nominations for 2018 State Teams open

It is one of the greatest honours in Australian netball and nominations are now open for players, coaches, assistant coaches and managers to compete for a spot to represent NSW at the 2018 17/U and 19/U National Netball Championships which will be held in Adelaide next April.

Every year Australia’s best up and coming talent has the opportunity to represent their respective state or territory at the Nationals and NSW has a fine history at the tournament. The Waratah, the emblem of NSW, has been worn with pride down the years and Netball NSW is looking for players and management to add to the state’s legacy at the National Championships in 2018.

In the spirit of growing the game and creating equal opportunities Netball NSW is, for the first time, holding Phase 1 Trials for the 17/U side in four venues across the state. This will be done with the aim of maximising the opportunity for girls from both regional and metro areas to showcase their skills to selectors.

Margaret Hamley – State Pathways Manager at Netball NSW – is encouraging all talented netballers and coaches to embrace the opportunity presented by the NSW State Trials.

“For the best up and coming players, coaches and athletes all over NSW, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to take another step along their netball pathway,” she said.

“NSW has a proud history at the Championships and it is there that we see many future Swifts, GIANTS and Diamonds players and coaches come through the ranks.

“We are blessed with the netball talent at our disposal in NSW and looking forward to what 2018 will bring.”

And while not everyone can gain selection for Nationals, Hamley advises that the Trials can open paths to different opportunities – even if players don’t make the squads for Adelaide.

“Although only 12 girls can be selected to represent NSW in either age-group squad at the National Championships, selectors will also be identifying girls at Trials for development squads that have the potential to succeed in the future.

“Given the size of our state and the strong playing numbers only so many can be accommodated at the Nationals, but these development squads are a fantastic way to harness the talent that might be not quite ready to succeed just yet.”

For more information and to register please visit our dedicated STATE TEAMS webpage.