Sun shines for 2017 Social Masters in Illawarra

Friends, fine weather, singalongs and plenty of on-court action were the hallmarks of an amazing weekend at the Illawarra District Netball Association as 39 teams hit the courts for the 2017 Social Masters.

In total 339 players took part with 39 umpires keeping things running smoothly as 195 games returned a total of 5441 goals over the course of Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 October.

This year was the eighth running of the Social Masters and Claire Dale, Competitions Manager at Netball NSW, said the organisation was delighted with the two days in the Illawarra.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along for an amazing weekend,” Dale said.

“We were very lucky to have amazing weather and the Illawarra District Netball Association were fantastic hosts.

“As ever with this tournament we had as much fun off the court as on it, and the camaraderie on show illustrated just how much people cherish the game.

“Netball is about community and to have teams coming from all over NSW shows how popular this competition is.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners, Best & Fairest teams and players, and the officials, volunteers, supporters and staff who made the weekend possible.

“I hope we see more of the same in Maitland in 2018.”

2017 Social Masters – Final Results

O35 Competitive
1st (Gold) – Hills Spirit
2nd (Silver) – Zest PT
3rd (Bronze) – Huxley

Best & Fairest Team
Itree Chargers

Best & Fairest Player  (three-way tie)
Corinna Johnson – Huxley
Danielle Hall – Port Stephens NA Dream Team
Lavania Manara – Hills Spirit


Over 35s Social
1st (Gold) – Oakhill Red
2nd (Silver) – Sutton Forest
3rd (Bronze) – Magic Mixture

Best & Fairest Team
Mittagong Netball Club

Best & Fairest Player
Jayne Parsons – Not Normal


Over 40s Social
1st (Gold) – Over the Hills
2nd (Silver) – Valley Vipers
3rd (Bronze) – Bankstown Chantoozies

Best & Fairest Team (four-way tie)
Not So Swifts
Retford Rebels
Valley Vipers
Victorious Secret

Best & Fairest Player
Colleen Jeffries – Retford Rebels

Picture: Josh Brightman