2020 Netball NSW State Teams
A History of the National Championships
New South Wales has a long and distinguished history of quality performances at National Championships at Open, 21/U, 19/U and 17/U level.
The Open National Championships began in 1926 and concluded in 2005 as the national league became more prominent.
The 21/U championship began in 1958, while the 19/U and 17/U divisions commenced in 1985 and are played together at Easter.
NSW teams have accumulated a total of 56 national titles (as at 24/10/2013).
- NSW Open Titles: 18
- NSW 21/U Titles: 16 (1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1897, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 – team pictured below, right, 2012)
- NSW 19/U Titles: 9 (1988, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015)
- NSW 17/U Titles: 13 (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012)
One of the most well known winning streaks of NSW was the eight-year title run by Open State Team coach Margaret Corbett from 1987– 1994, known as the Golden Boot Era (pictured below, left).
NSW is proud of its state team history and wishes all future players, coaches, managers and umpires every success, and enjoyment at the championships.
Each year the selection process for the 17/U and 19/U state teams begins around September, nominations from players are taken at this time. Application forms for the state teams can be obtained through the Netball NSW website or your local Association.
The selection process involves three trials for the 17/U Team and two trials for the 19/U Team – usually held in November and December. National Championships for these teams is usually held in April of each year.
Players nominating for these teams must be either 17/U, 19/U or 21/U at the 31 December in the year of competition.
Australian Netball League
In 2008, coinciding with the introduction of the trans-Tasman netball league – the ANZ Championship – Netball Australia introduced the Australian Netball League (ANL).
The ANL bridges the gap between top State competitions and Suncorp Super Netball, which replaced the ANZ Championship in 2017, by providing a national pathway for players, coaches, umpires, score bench and technical officials.
Netball NSW fielded one team in the 2015 and 2016 competitions (Netball NSW Waratahs), after fielding two teams, the Netball NSW Blues and Netball NSW Waratahs from 2008-2014.
Since the introduction of GIANTS Netball in 2017, Netball NSW has fielded two teams in the ANL – the Canberra GIANTS (a joint venture with Netball ACT), who are linked with GIANTS Netball, and the Waratahs, who as ever remain linked to the NSW Swifts.
NSW teams have won one title in the Australian Netball League so far: 2011 (Netball NSW Waratahs).