Young stars ready to shine at State Age

One of Netball NSW’s biggest events is back again with the 2017 SAMSUNG State Age Championships being held at three venues from Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd July.

More than 3,000 athletes from 306 teams representing 85 Associations will take the courts for the 49th instalment of the Championships, which will be held at Penrith District Netball Association (Championship Division), Liverpool City Netball Association (Division 2), and Campbelltown District Netball Association (Divisions 3 & 4).

Along with the thousands of players taking part, there will also be hundreds of coaches, umpires and officials who will be joined by tens of thousands of spectators, making the State Age Championships the biggest female sports tournament in Australia.

With four divisions of four age groups – 15/U, 14/U, 13/U and 12/U – the SAMSUNG State Age Championships will showcase potential future stars of Australia’s largest female participation sport.

Netball NSW would like to thank Naming Rights Partner SAMSUNG for their support of the 2017 State Age Championship, as well as our Major Partners The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), BBX, SKILZ, The Athlete’s Foot and The Kid’s Cancer Project.

The State Age Championships was originally known as the ‘Junior District Carnival’, a day-long carnival which was first held on Sunday 14 July, 1968 at Moore Park (now recognised as City of Sydney Netball Association).

Forty-four teams representing 10 Associations contested in five age-groups during the inaugural tournament; 14 Years, 13 Years, 12 Years, 11 Years and 10 Years.  Manly-Warringah and Sutherland Shire dominated the winners’ list for the first championships, with Manly taking out three (13 Years, 11 Years, 10 Years) and Sutherland taking home two titles (14 Years, 12 Years).

In 1969, the Netball NSW State Age Championships came into being for the 15/U, 14/U, 13/U, 12/U and 11/U year age groups and as the years rolled on, the number of entries grew to such an extent that it became necessary to contest the event over a two-day period to enable each Association to play one another.  As team numbers continued to increase, the Championships expanded to include a third day.

In 1983, the decision was made to introduce a second division in each age group, and two years later the competition was restructured, settling on ages groups for 15/U, 14/U, 13/U and 12/U. Since this time, the competition has continued to grow to include four divisions of competition in each of the age groups.

The competition is now so large that no single Association has the courts, venue space and facilities to host all four divisions and age groups by itself! Therefore multiple Associations are used simultaneously to host the event, which is an incredible effort from our fantastic volunteer-powered Associations.

Best of luck to everyone who will be participating in this year’s tournament!

For more information, please check out our SAMSUNG Stage Age Championships Webpage.