Sydney’s West will become the centre of the netball community this weekend for the 50th hosting of the Netball NSW State Age Championships.
Since first being staged in 1968, the Championships have grown to become one of the largest female sporting events in the southern hemisphere, with four separate venues now required to host the 2018 competition.
Liverpool City Netball Association will host the Championship Division with Division 2 heading to Camden & District, Division 3 taking place at Eastwood Ryde and Inner Western Suburbs hosting Division 4. The Championships will take place from Saturday to Monday, 7-9 July.
Forty-four teams, representing 10 Associations, contested in five age-groups during the inaugural tournament, and in 2018 over 300 teams from 88 Associations will take part.
That’s almost 3,000 netballers hitting the courts across the following age groups: 12/U, 13/U, 14/U, 15/U.
Each age group will have a Championship Division, as well as Divisions 2, 3 and 4. The winner of each Championship Division will be crowned State Champions of their respective age group.
“The growth of these Championships is a wonderful testament to our game over the past five decades of competition in New South Wales,” Louise Sullivan, President of Netball NSW, says.
“It is at these Championships that many future NSW Swifts, GIANTS and Australian Diamonds first show the potential that can, in many cases, make them future stars of our game.
“So many NSW greats have played in this iconic event through the years and I look forward to seeing more stars in the making across the courts in 2018.
“We are also looking forward to working alongside the great people at each of our four venues for this year’s Championships and am I sure they will make it a weekend to remember and help the continued the growth of our great sport.”
Netball NSW Head of Netball, Nikki Horton, said it was wonderful to see communities from all over the state come together for three days of back-to-back action.
“When you see that we have almost 3,000 netballers alone taking part, that number is pretty staggering,” she said.
“All of the teams will also have coaches, team managers and lots of supporters meaning it is fantastic for the local economy.
“That we now have to take these Championships to four venues really highlights how far we have come and the powerful place netball now holds in Australian sport.“
Netball NSW would like to thank the following Partners for their support of the 2018 State Age Championships: The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), BBX, Tafe NSW, QBE Insurance and The Kids’ Cancer Project.
For more information please visit our dedicated 2018 State Age Championships web-page.