Illawarra have booked their place in the 2016 Netball NSW State Cup after taking out the Division 1 title at the South Coast Regional League finals which were held at Illawarra Netball Association on May 3.
The Netball NSW State Cup, which takes place on 24-25 September at Netball Central, is a 24-team Open Age competition which will see the seven Regional League Division 1 winners come up against the top 17 Metro League teams to compete for the title of 2016 State Champion.
“Illawarra showed plenty of depth by taking out both Division 1 and 2 this season, and we’re excited to see them in the contest for the 2016 Netball NSW State Cup,” Emma Milharcic, Netball NSW Regional Development Officer – South Coast / Riverina, said
‘’Illawarra were methodical in their approach to each game and will definitely give the Metro League Teams a run for their money, and – if I can be biased – hopefully bring home the title to the South Coast
‘’This is a great achievement for such a young squad, many of whom have just turned 16, so I’d like to wish them all the best for the remainder of the 2016 season.’’
In an incredible feat, both Illawarra’s Division 1 and 2 sides went through the 2016 season undefeated to claim the Champions title. In Division 1 they held off a strong effort from Goulburn to take out the title with a 45-27 win; Ulladulla finished third, with Eurobodalla fourth and Sapphire Coast in fifth place.
Illawarra held off tight competition in Division 2, in which both Queanbeyan and Shoalhaven battled it out for the right to play them in the final. After a tight first three quarters, Shoalhaven came out on top 48-37 but they were unable to replicate the result in the final which Illawarra won 73-36. Earlier, Wollondilly had put in a valiant effort against the champions elect in their semi-final, but fell short 61-21.
In Division 3 Sapphire Coast shook off an earlier defeat to Eurobodalla to peg one back in the final, claiming a 37-30 victory. Ulladulla finished third with Goulburn and Southern Highlands finishing in fourth and fifth, respectively.
There were also three umpires who were awarded badges on the final day’s play; Nicole Parrot and Tracey Scott received their National B Badges, with Olivia Cooper awarded her National C Badge.