Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS) have taken out Division One at the 2014 nib Games, which concluded today at Maitland.
WSAS takes home the trophy after holding out defending Champions Sydney Netball Academy (SNA) with a greater goal differential, after both teams finishing the three day tournament with six wins and one loss.
Eight teams participated in Division One, while a further 11 teams contested Division Two for the 2014 tournament, which was held at the Maitland Federation Centre from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 July.
In Division Two it was the reverse with SNA taking out top spot on goals differential over WSAS after both teams finished on 18 competition points.
Eleven Academy teams competed in Division Two with Central Coast Academy finishing in third place, followed by hosts Hunter Academy of Sport and Western Region Academy of Sport rounding out the top five.
Netball NSW Coach Development Coordinator Dianne Brown was at the nib Games to catch some of the best and brightest upcoming NSW netballing talent, and said she was pleased with the high standard of play.
“Overall all the Academies were extremely competitive and no one team or Academy stood out throughout the three days,” Brown said.
“At the end of Day Two there were three teams on equal points at the top of both divisions and in the end, after working out the goal differential, there was only 3 goals difference to decide the winner in Division One.
“It made for an exciting finish, but I’d like to congratulate all the athletes and coaches for their performances at nib Games,” Brown concluded.
2014 nib Games – Participating Academies
Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS)
Far West Academy of Sport (FWAS)
Hunter Academy of Sport (HAS)
Illawarra Academy of Sport (IAS)
North Coast Academy of Sport (NCAS)
Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS)
Southern Sports Academy (SSA)
South West Sydney Academy of Sport (SWSAS)
Sydney Netball Academy (SNA)
South East Region Netball Academy (SERNA)
Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS)
Western Sydney Academy of Sport (WSAS)
Photo credit: Western Sydney Academy of Sport (Source: Twitter – @westsydacademy)