With the weather warming up and daylight savings almost upon us, it’s time to get into the Island vibe as the Anne Clark Centre prepares to host the 2014 Oceania Netball Cup.
The laid-back tournament will be played over two days in the first week of school holidays, with teams from around the State coming together on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 September.
With NSW Swifts’ legend Mo’onia Gerrard the driving force behind the event, the Oceania Cup is a fun and relaxed carnival with the emphasis on having a good time with friends and enjoying netball – all with a distinct Polynesian flavour!
Teams are divided into three age groups for the two day tournament; Under 13, Under 15, and Under 18. Previously the senior age group was Under 17, however Netball NSW chose to raise the age bracket this year to include more Year 12 students.
The laid-back netball tournament first began in 2012 with 24 teams signing up to the inaugural Cup, with that number growing to 29 teams last year.
In its third instalment, the 2014 Oceania Cup has a record 41 teams signed up to join in the fun – that’s an astonishing increase of 71 percent in just two years!
Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Kristy Guthrie said the organisation was delighted with the response to this year’s tournament, particularly the in growth in teams from outside the Sydney Metropolitan area.
“We are very excited with the number of teams we have participating in Oceania Netball Cup this year; it goes to show the rising awareness and popularity of this tournament within the community,” Guthrie said.
“I think the numbers also show the demand for a purely social netball carnival where results aren’t the driving force. The Cup is intentionally held during the NSW school holidays and students just want to have fun during their school break.
“The Oceania Cup is unique in that it is a carnival purely about having fun and being inclusive, where sides can be made up from Club teammates, school friends, neighbours, families – you don’t even have to be a registered member of an Association, we just want people to come, have fun and enjoy the experience.
“This year we are also seeing four teams travelling up from the Australian Capital Territory, which is a terrific effort especially since their schools won’t be on holidays like NSW. We have teams travelling from all over the State – from Gosford to Shoalhaven, Barellan to Mt Druitt.
“The Oceania Cup is an exciting date on the Netball NSW calendar, and we are all looking forward to seeing everyone next week for two days of netball, cool island vibes, and plenty of fun,” Guthrie concluded.
NetballNSWTV will be roaming the courts ready to bring you highlights of the action. However make sure you follow Netball NSW social media channels to see photos and updates throughout the two day event; www.facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW, and @netballnsw on both Twitter and Instagram… make sure you use the hashtag #OceaniaCup2014
For more information on the 2014 Oceania Netball Cup please contact Kristy Guthrie on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email [email protected].