As students across the State celebrate the start of the school holidays, here at Netball NSW HQ we’re getting excited about something else… the return of the Oceania Netball Cup.
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!
This year marks the fourth instalment of the laid-back competition, which will be contested at Parramatta Auburn Netball Association this Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September. Twenty-four teams have signed up to participate this year, with the competition broken down into three age-divisions: Under 13, Under 15 and Under 18.
Previously, NSW Swift Abbey McCulloch had been confirmed to join in the fun at this year’s competition; however after receiving great news to be invited to the Future Diamonds Focus camp in Canberra this week (click here for the full announcement) the defender sadly had to withdraw.
Abbey will join former Swift and Oceania Cup creator Mo’onia Gerrard at the three-day camp, with Mo’onia jumping on board as a Specialist Defensive Coach as part of her inclusion in the Netball Australia Talent Identified Coaching group.
Despite the awesome news for Abbey and Mo’onia, Netball NSW didn’t want our Oceania Cup participants to miss out so… NSW Swifts legend Kimberlee Green will attend both days as a special guest! Kim will be on the sidelines meeting the players and coaches, cheering and supporting teams, and may also make special appearances as water girl or mascot.
Could it be YOUR team Kim mascots for? You’ll have to wait and find out!
Thankfully the wait isn’t a long one, with the 2015 competition getting underway from 9:00am this Wednesday. Registrations open from 8:15am so make sure you get down early, set up a good team spot and get ready for a fun couple of days at the Oceania Netball Cup.
Netball NSW would like to encourage those attending Oceania Cup on Day 2 – both players and spectators – to arrive with plenty of time to spare. The Auburn Islamic Community Centre will be hosting an event on Thursday at Wyatt Park (next door to the netball courts), with an expected 3,000 people attending the event; this will increase traffic and limit parking available on Church Street Lidcombe and surrounding areas.
Good luck to all 24 teams participating in the 2015 Oceania Netball Cup – Netball NSW looks forward to seeing you in action later this week!
For those who can’t make it to watch and cheer this week, Netball NSW will be on the ground and keep you up-to-date with all the happenings through our social media channels; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @netballnsw.