The State’s regional best will be making their way to Netball Central this weekend to contest the 2015 Inter-Regional State League Final from tomorrow, to be played both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.
Five teams representing the Hunter, West/Central West, South Coast, Northern Inland and Riverina regions all with one goal in mind… to be crowned New South Wales’ Regional State League Champions.
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.
Inaugural Champions Orange will be back for their third consecutive year for another shot at the title. They’ll come up against last year’s Champions, Newcastle, as well as debutants Quirindi, Sapphire Coast and Wagga Wagga.
North Coast Champions Hastings Valley unfortunately had to withdraw from participating this year, opening the door for the newly-selected 2016 Western Sydney Academy of Sport Netball Squad to fill in as an invitational side.
Play will begin from 10am AEST, with a rematch of the 2014 Grand Final between Newcastle and Orange opening the competition. The first timeslot will be followed by a further two rounds contested on the opening day before the final two rounds, plus Finals, on Day 2 to decide the 2015 Champion.
Along with matches, Netball NSW will also hold a unique Coaching Workshop on Day 1 which will be available to all players and coaches. The hour-long session will cover a range of topics, particularly the new e-Learning Coaching Blueprint, upcoming development and workshop opportunities, plus where the coaching pathway may take individuals.
Umpires will also receive coaching and mentoring throughout the weekend from National A Badge umpires Helen Dolbel, Allison Gill, Rebecca McKinnon and Stewart Ting, who will be on hand offering practical advice on match performances and more.
“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 League Finalists and wish them all the best for the upcoming State Final; we look forward to hosting you at Netball Central,” Bowles concluded.
|2015 Inter-Regional State League Fixtures|
|Saturday 26 September|
|Round 1||10:00am||Orange v Newcastle||Court 1|
|Wagga Wagga v Sapphire Coast||Court 2|
|Quirindi v WSAS||Court 3|
|Round 2||12:00pm||WSAS v Wagga Wagga||Court 1|
|Orange v Sapphire Coast||Court 2|
|Quirindi v Newcastle||Court 3|
|Round 3||2:00pm||Orange v WSAS||Court 1|
|Quirindi v Wagga Wagga||Court 2|
|Newcastle v Sapphire Coast||Court 3|
|3:30-4:30pm Netball NSW Coaching Session – Waratah Room|
|Sunday 27 September|
|Round 4||9:00am||Quirindi v Orange||Show Court|
|Sapphire Coast v WSAS||Court 1|
|Wagga Wagga v Newcastle||Court 2|
|Round 5||11:00am||Newcastle v WSAS||Show Court|
|Sapphire Coast v Quirindi||Court 1|
|Wagga Wagga v Orange||Court 2|
|FINALS||1:00pm||Grand Final (1st v 2nd)||Show Court|
|3rd Place Play-off (3rd v 4th)||Court 1|
|5th Place Play-off (5th v WSAS)||Court 2|
|2:30-3:30pm Presentation Ceremony|