The Netball NSW Schools Cup continues to grow in popularity across the state with over 1,444 teams (that’s 11,440 athletes!) playing in over 50 Local Days with most regions now wrapping up Phase 1 of the competition.
Schools across NSW have played in both competitive and non-competitive divisions, in round robin styled carnivals with students ranging in age from Primary to Secondary education.
Since 2013, when Schools Cup first began, it has encouraged the growth and development of netball in schools in a number of ways, providing fun and educational opportunities for both students and teachers alike.
Here’s a little snapshot of how the Schools Cup has reached far and wide across the State.
The remote town of Cobar, in the West Central West Region, held the Schools Cup for the first time, allowing regional schools such as Broken Hill and Lightning Ridge to participate. Broken Hill traveled over five hours to compete in the competition which drew over 350 students from across far western NSW.
The South Coast Region saw St Peter and Pauls Primary Schools compete in the Local Day with a team of eight boys who had never played netball before. The team ended the day undefeated and will now progress to the South Coast Regional Final.
The Riverina Region saw a stand-out effort from Tallimba Public School and Naradhan Public School, who combined forces to field a team and travel over an hour and a half to and from the competition. The remote schools have a combined enrolment total of just over 30 students, with parents’ commitment shining through to get the students to the competition.
St Nicolas of Myra Primary School in Penrith, in the Sydney Metropolitan region, competed for the first time and went undefeated against some of the more seasoned teams in the Penrith Local Day. As well as this, another notable mention must go to the Newtown High School of Performing Arts, who entered a massive 11 teams into the Randwick Local Day.
The Northern Inland Region, for the first time in the Schools Cup history, was at capacity for the Narrabri Local Day, where participation numbers rapidly increased with schools competing in the tough competition. Count backs were needed to determine winners, showing just how strong the competition is.
In the Hunter Region students participating in the Charlestown, Local Day got a lovely surprise when GIANTS Netball defender Sam Poolman arrived to check out the talent in her home region. She was really impressed and loved getting back to where she started her netball career.
Yamba Public School organised for the entire primary school to attend the Far North Coast local day with an amazing 24 teams participating. In great news for the competition and the North Coast Region, 19 new schools participated 2017.
In other good news, Leeville Public School, which has only 50 enrolments in the entire school, was able to field two teams in the competition, while Cape Byron’s Rudolph Steiner School’s boys’ team had amazing success throughout the first phase to progress to the Regional Finals – they hope to make it to the State Final to defend their 2016 title.
Phase 2 of the competition will start in the first five weeks of Term 3 (July 17-11 August) – determining the regional representatives for the Phase 3 State Final in late September.
Netball NSW would like to thank our Schools Cup First National Real Estate, who have attended Local Days to assist with the early morning set up and given wonderful support throughout the season.