The best of New South Wales’ regional netball talent are preparing to journey to Sydney Olympic Park with one thing in common… aiming to be crowned the 2015 Inter-Regional State League Champion.
Introduced in 2013, the invitational Inter-Regional State League competition sees Division 1 winners from each Regional State League competition come together for a round robin-style competition over two days before a Finals Series decides who will take home the title.
West/Central West powerhouses Orange took home the inaugural title in 2013, before Newcastle (Hunter) were able to get on top of the defending Champions by seven-goals in last year’s Grand Final to be crowned 2014 Champions.
Both Newcastle and Orange will be back, along with four other teams ranging from the North Coast to Riverina who will travel to Netball NSW’s brand new $35 million centre of excellence, Netball Central, to participate in this year’s competition from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September.
- Hunter: Newcastle
- West/Central West: Orange
- South Coast: Sapphire Coast
- Northern Inland: Quirindi
- North Coast: Hastings Valley
- Riverina: Wagga Wagga
Hastings Valley also returns from the 2014 event, chasing their first Inter-Regional title, while Sapphire Coast, Wagga Wagga, and Quirindi will be making their Inter-Regional State League debuts.
“Netball NSW is excited to see the third instalment of the Inter-Regional State League Final in action for the first time at our new headquarters, Netball Central, and to see the best regional talent in action,” Regional Development Manager Nicole Bowles claimed.
“The only other opportunity these sides may get to face one another is our State Championships, and that’s dependent on which Division they participate in; so for many, it will be the first time in a year, or ever, they will take the court against one another.
“It’s also exciting to see six sides competing in 2015, which shows the competition is well supported by our Regional Associations to give their players another development opportunity. However it’s not just the players, with Netball NSW offering coaching and mentoring for coaches and umpires throughout the weekend which is also providing development opportunities for our regional officials.
“I’d like to congratulate each of our Inter-Regional State Finalists and wish them all the best for the upcoming State Final; we look forward to hosting you at Netball Central,” Bowles concluded.