The 2017 Samsung State Age Championships are officially underway with Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM declaring the tournament open across the three hosting venues this morning, Saturday 1 July.
This year the Championships will be hosted by Penrith District Netball Association (Championship Division), Liverpool City Netball Association (Division 2) and Campbelltown District Netball Association (Divisions 3 & 4).
Athletes, organisers and fans have all gathered ahead of the 49th instalment event which will feature 306 teams from over 80 Associations across NSW with hundreds of umpires all set to officiate the games over the three days.
As per tradition, four age groups – 15/U, 14/U, 13/U and 12/U, will contest the divisions.
And the first winners of the Championships have already been revealed with the best marchers in their respective Parades of Districts named.
The winners were: Hills District (Penrith), Taree & District (Liverpool) and Ballina (Campbelltown).
Speaking in Penrith this morning, Stuart Ayres MP – Minister for Western Sydney, Sport and WestConnex – said the Samsung State Age Championships promised to be a wonderful occasion across the three venues.
“These are the best of the best here at the State Age Championships,” he said.
“I want to say a very, very big thank for your commitment to sport in this State…. there is a revolution in women’s sport in Australia at the moment and netball has been on of the driving forces behind that.
“It is great to see so many teams out here this weekend across the three venues where there will be future Swifts, GIANTS and Diamonds on show.”
Archer also said she was looking forward to the next three days of netball action.
“I would like to give you all a warm welcome to this the 49th hosting of our State Age Championships,” Archer said.
“The past 12 months have seen some wonderfully positive changes in our sport with the advent of Suncorp Super Netball, and with Netball NSW owning both the NSW Swifts and GIANTS Netball, the young athletes out on court this weekend now have two elite teams to aspire to play for.
“It is at these Championships where future stars come to the fore and I’m sure there will be some stars in the making out on court across the three venues this weekend.
“I would like to thank our three hosting venues and their volunteers who have put in so much work to prepare for this weekend, as well as the umpires and Netball NSW staff for organising what promises to be another wonderful event for our organisation.”
Netball NSW would also like to extend its sincerest thanks to SAMSUNG, Naming Rights Partner of the 2017 State Age Championships, as well as Major Partners BBX, Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), SKLZ, The Athletes’ Foot and The Kids’ Cancer Project for their support.
The organisation would also like to wish the best to luck to everyone taking part and supporting for what promises to be three action-packed days of fantastic netball action!
For more information and results please check out our SAMSUNG Stage Age Championships Webpage.