Excitement is building in Ryde City Council with the announcement that Eastwood Ryde Netball Association will co-host the 2015 Netball NSW State Age Championships.
Having increased the number of courts at Meadowbank in recent years, Eastwood Ryde is now in a position to host Division Two of the Netball NSW marquee event alongside Baulkham Hills (Championship Division), Penrith (Division Three) and Hawkesbury City (Division Four).
2015 will be the first time Eastwood Ryde will have hosted the three-day tournament since the 1980s, with President Anne Doring OAM saying it has been a long-time coming for the Association.
“I am absolutely thrilled that finally for our Ryde community and for Eastwood Ryde Netball Association that we are hosting the State [Age] Championships,” Doring said.
“Years ago we held [the tournament] but then we didn’t have enough courts. Now thanks to Government grants, to Eastwood Ryde’s contribution and also Ryde Council’s contribution, we finally have enough courts to host the Championships. We are very, very excited.”
Eastwood Ryde are the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup Champions
Eastwood Ryde’s home at Meadowbank netball courts now hold 27 courts – which will grow to 29 before the Association hosts the Championships from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 June, 2015. Doring says this was thanks to the generous grant from Ryde City Council (60 per cent) and the Associations own fundraising activity (40 per cent).
Upon hearing the announcement Eastwood Ryde’s bid to co-host had been given the green light, Ryde City Council Mayor Roy Maggio said he was over the moon for the local community to be involved.
“I was delighted to hear that Netball NSW has appointed Eastwood Ryde Netball Association to host a division of the State Age Championships. It is exciting to know that such a significant sporting event which attracts representative netball teams from across NSW will be held in the City of Ryde,” Maggio said.
The Honourable Victor Dominello MP, Federal Member for Ryde was on hand at Meadowbank Netball Courts to celebrate with Association Executives.
“We are very excited and extremely proud as a community that such a large event is coming to Ryde and in particular Meadowbank,” Dominello said.
“Netball is the largest female participation sport in NSW, and indeed in Australia, and as you can see by the activity … how engaged they are and what a grassroots sport this is.”
You can also check out some of the off-court fun and on-court action at this year’s State Age Championships by visiting the Netball NSW facebook page – www.facebook.com/OfficialNetballNSW