Baulkham Hills and Penrith will be at the heart of the NSW netball community this weekend when they host the 2019 HART Junior State Titles from Saturday to Monday, 6-8 July.
Formerly known as the Netball NSW State Age Championships, the three-day event, which is one of the largest female sporting competitions in the southern hemisphere, will see teams play in three age-groups (12U, 13/U and 14/U) and across four divisions (1, 2, 3 & 4).
In order to accommodate the sheer size and scope of the State Age Championships, Netball NSW undertook a detailed review to find out how the organisation could make them run in the most efficient and sustainable manner.
After five decades of success it involved some shuffling, and a little rebranding, but in the new HART Junior State Titles the organisation has strengthened the event’s solid foundations as it looks to the next 50 years and beyond.
In 2019 Baulkham Hills Netball Association will play host to divisions 1 and 2 of the age-groups, while Penrith District Netball Association will welcome participants from divisions 3 and 4.
State Champions will be crowned on Monday with the Division 1 winners in each respective age-group taking the mantle of State Champions.
In total 2,347 players from 232 teams, representing 85 Associations, will hit the courts with almost 400 (395 to be exact) umpires officiating.
Netball NSW President Louise Sullivan said she was looking forward to one of the busiest, but best, weekends on the calendar.
“In terms of players alone, thousands will descend on both venues this weekend,” she said.
“Add onto that the hundreds of officials, coaches, team managers and thousands of supporters, and you have a pretty special gathering.
“Every one of our players should take a moment to acknowledge and be proud of their achievement to be here, and to thank all those in their life that made that success possible.
“At the elite level we currently have some of our NSW Swifts and Giants away with the Australian Diamonds for the Netball World Cup in England.
“Those players came through competitions such as the HART Junior State Titles. For those that aspire for that same journey, or to enjoy their netball in
other ways, I hope your dreams come true.”
“Of course, we are only ever as strong as our volunteer base and I want to make special mention of those who give up their spare time to instill a love of netball in the next generation. This weekend simply would not happen without you.”
As well as our volunteers and staff, Netball NSW would also like to thank HART Sport, the naming rights partner of the Junior State Titles, and extend those thanks to the following official partners of the event: QBE, TAFE NSW, BBX and The Kids Cancer Project.