A fantastic day of action was had at Netball Central on Tuesday, 20 September, as the Netball NSW Schools Cup State Finals took centre stage.
The Schools Cup, which started in March with Local Days, has seen 913 teams from all over New South Wales compete and Netball NSW is delighted to announce the State Champions in the competition’s three Divisions: Years 5/6 Mixed, Years 7/8 Girls and Years 7/8 Boys.
In the Years 5/6 Mixed Division St Patricks Primary School Albury, appearing in their fourth consecutive finals, were crowned State Champions after a 13-12 win over Kellyville Public School in the Grand Final.
The Hills Sports High School took out the Years 7/8 Girls State title after beating BWSC Umina 18-11 in their decider while, after a long trip to Sydney, Cape Byron Steiner School beat Narara Valley High School 18-13 to take the Boys Years 7/8 title up north.
The Schools Cup is an initiative by Netball NSW to provide the State’s primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to enjoy the game in a fun and safe environment.
It is available to both male and female students from public, independent and Catholic systems in Years Five, Six, Seven and Eight. Now moving into its fourth year, the Netball NSW Schools Cup has grown from 3,000 participants in the inaugural year to over 9,000 participants in 2016.
Speaking on Tuesday, Nikki Horton – General Manager of Sport Development at Netball NSW – said the Schools Cup was one of the most important events on the organisation’s calendar, and said it took a huge commitment from all involved to make it the success it is.
“Firstly I would like to thank all the students who have taken part in the Schools Cup – they are the future of our sport and to see them showcase their skills on court today is heartening,” Horton said.
“I would also like to thank the coaches, teachers, parents and umpires who give up so much of their time to give these young athletes the chance to play the sport they love. They are a vital part of what makes netball great.”
Horton also paid tribute to her team at Netball NSW and partners, First National Real Estate, whose support was invaluable throughout the Schools Cup season.
“To the team at Netball NSW I would like to extend a huge thanks for running a fine competition all year long and it was great to see all the elements come together for today’s finale at Netball Central.
“And to First National Real Estate I would like to give special thanks. They have been amazing all year long and to have such wonderful partners really helps us take our game to communities throughout New South Wales.”