Students ready to contest Schools Cup State Final

The countdown is on until Netball Central is bombarded by the best school netball talent from around New South Wales for the third instalment of the Netball NSW Schools Cup State Final.

Twenty-two teams (listed below) will converge on Netball NSW’s $35 million centre of excellence in Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday 15 September, all looking to be crowned 2015 State Champions!

Schools Cup is an initiative by Netball NSW which provides primary and secondary students from public, independent and Catholic systems in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 with the opportunity to enjoy netball in a fun and safe environment.

More than 7,600 students have participated in this year’s competition, contesting in one of 30 round robin carnivals called Local Days held throughout the State. The winners of each Local Day then advanced to a Regional Final, with each Regional Champion advancing to the State Final to have a shot at being crowned State Champion.

Schools Cup is contested in three age-divisions – Years 5/6 Mixed, Years 7/8 Girls and Years 7/8 Boys – with a winner crowned in each competition.

2015 has a seen a record 764 teams participate, surpassing last year’s record of 548 teams which is an impressive 28 percent growth! The Hunter region saw the most teams participating with 174 teams contesting their Local Days at Newcastle, Singleton, Charlestown and Gosford; the latter hosting 52 teams in one day!

However the record of most teams participating at one Local Day belonged to Penrith which saw 59 local schools go head-to-head for a spot in the Regional Final. Penrith also saw the most Year 7/8 Girls teams contest (26), while Liverpool had bragging rights for the most Years 7/8 Boys sides competing at once (7).

“We’re extremely excited by the response we’ve had to the 2015 Schools Cup competition, and equally eager to see schools from all corners of NSW make the journey to Netball Central for the State Final,” Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Amy Quirk said.

“Since it was introduced in 2013 we’ve seen the competition double in size – from almost 2,500 participants in its inaugural season, to more than 7,600 in 2015.  Those numbers are really encouraging and shows the hunger regional schools have for netball.

“Schools Cup is also a perfect example of how inclusive netball is, with our boys’-only division also seeing an increased growth since being introduced in 2014, and is a competition which includes all education systems.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the teachers for being passionate about our sport, and the dedication in providing netball both on the court and in the classroom that has seen Schools Cup – and similar programs – grow in popularity.

“I’d also like to wish all our competing State Finalists the best of luck, and look forward to welcoming them to our world-class Netball Central facility,” Quirk concluded.

Netball NSW is pleased to have The Kids’ Cancer Project on-board again in 2015 as the Official Charity Partner of the Schools Cup competition.

2015 Schools Cup State Finalists
Years 5/6 Mixed St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Camden Sydney Metro
Valentine Public School Hunter
St Raphael’s Catholic School, Cowra West/Central West
St Carthage’s Primary School, Lismore Far North Coast
Broulee Public School South Coast
Carinya Christian School, Calala Northern Inland
St Peter’s Primary School, Port Macquarie North Coast
St Patrick’s Parish School, Albury Riverina
Years 7/8 Girls Pymble Ladies College Sydney Metro
St Pius X High School, Adamson Hunter
Blayney High School West/Central West
Trinity Catholic College, Lismore Far North Coast
Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats South Coast
Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth Northern Inland
Taree High School North Coast
The Riverina Anglican College, Wagga Wagga Riverina
Years 7/8 Boys Richmond High School Sydney Metro
All Saints College – St Joseph’s Campus, Lochinvar Hunter
Denison College Kelso High Campus West/Central West
Inverell High School Northern Inland
Great Lakes College, Tuncurry Campus North Coast
Marian Catholic College, Griffith Riverina