The next generation of NSW netballers will be out on court when Netball NSW’s brand new competition for primary-aged students, Schools Cup, visits Queanbeyan on Thursday 21 March.
The Netball NSW Schools Cup is a new initiative by Netball NSW to provide New South Wales primary school students in years five and six with the opportunity to enjoy netball in a fun and safe environment.
Queanbeyan will host 144 players aged 10 to 11 years old representing nine* primary schools from around the South Coast region. The teams will contest Phase 1 of the competition – Schools Cup Local Day – with teams making the trip from nearby Yass.
The South Coast ‘Schools Cup Local Day’ will see 12 teams going head-to-head. Teachers from each attending school will also get involved in the action, by hitting the court to umpire all 48 matches played throughout the day.
Netball NSW’s South Coast regional coordinator Nicole Bowles is excited about the inaugural Schools Cup in Queanbeyan.
“It’s fantastic to be able to bring a netball competition specifically catering for our younger players to get out on court and have some fun,” Bowles said.
“It’s the first time Netball NSW has introduced a state-wide competition for 10 to 11 year olds, which will see schools contest teams from other regions. At the end of the day our objective is to grow our sport in regional NSW and see kids having fun!”
School teams will compete in round robin carnivals in their local area called ‘Schools Cup Local Days’ from March to August, with overall winners from each ‘Local Day’ progressing to a Schools Cup ‘Regional Final’**.
Victorious teams from these Regional Finals will advance to the Netball NSW Schools Cup State Final, to be held at Anne Clark Centre, Lidcombe on Wednesday 18 September, 2013.
*Participating schools; Mt Carmel, Berinba Public, Queanbeyan Public, Queanbeyan East Public, Queanbeyan South Public, Queanbeyan West Public, St Gregory’s, Bungendore Public and Bombala Public.