The Grand Finals of the inaugural SAMSUNG Premier League took place at Netball Central last night (Wednesday 24 August) with the winners of the Opens and Under 20s Divisions crowned in front of a capacity crowd.
Minor Premiers the Sutherland Stingrays were crowned 2016 Opens Champions after a hard fought contest with Manly Warringah Sapphires, 50-49, in what was a fitting end to the 2016 tournament. READ FULL MATCH REPORT HERE
Meanwhile in the Under 20s Grand Final, a dominant 30 minutes provided the springboard for the Panthers to get past UTS St George Sparks as they ran out 60-53 winners. READ FULL MATCH REPORT HERE
Unveiled by Netball NSW in July 2015, the SAMSUNG Premier League is designed to attract the best current and emerging talent within the NSW netball community. Its purpose is to offer an elite local platform for players, coaches, officials and administrators, and to provide a pathway to the Australian Netball League (ANL) and ANZ Championship; the latter of which is being replaced by a new all-Australian National League from 2017.
Speaking at last night’s presentations, Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM paid tribute to the athletes, coaches, officials and staff who had made the competition such as resounding success in its inaugural year, and congratulated the winners and runners-up on their seasons.
“The SAMSUNG Premier League has been a wonderful success and now is considered one of the most prestigious domestic State competitions Australia has to offer,” Archer said.
“It’s amazing to see a full house at Netball Central for the Grand Finals, and that really is a credit to the hard work people from all parts of our game have put into this competition.
“To all of the athletes, coaches, umpires, bench officials and staff I would like to congratulate you for showcasing some of the best netball this State has to offer; tonight’s Grand Finals were a perfect example of that, and I would like to extend our congratulations to Sutherland Stingrays and Panthers on their respective campaigns.
“We look forward to seeing you all back again in 2017 for the second installment of the SAMSUNG Premier League competition.”
Netball NSW would like to thank the Premier League’s naming rights partner SAMSUNG for their constant support throughout the year.