One of the biggest female sporting events in Australia, 2018 was a special year for the Netball NSW State Championships with it marking the 50th running of the iconic games since they were first held in 1969 at Sydney’s Moore Park.
Back then 24 affiliated Associations entered in two age divisions – Opens and Cadets – with Manly-Warringah taking home both titles.
Fifty years on and it was Gosford Netball Association who welcomed 96 teams from 71 Associations, from all over NSW, between Saturday to Monday, 9-11 June.
The teams competed across five divisions – Open Championship, Open Division Two, 17/U Championship, 17/U Division Two, 17/U Division 3 – with the winners of the Opens and 17/U Championship Divisions crowned State Champions of their respective age groups for 2018.
And, just like 50 years ago, it was Manly-Warringah who were again the dominant force on court – winning both the Opens and 17/U Championship Divisions.
The Championships were inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame under the Heritage Category at the 2018 State Dinner.
From humble beginnings, the State Championships have become a standout event on the NSW sporting calendar. It is with great pride that everyone in the NSW netball family looks back over the past 50 years and we look forward to more successes in the future.