There might not have been a Grand Final to contest at this year’s National Netball Championships in Adelaide, but one thing’s for certain: the future looks very bright for New South Wales.
Both the NSW 17/U and 19/U State Teams finished the 2018 Nationals on a high with big wins to give the coaches plenty of food for thought going forward.
The 19s secured a Finals spot on the last day of regular-round competition but we unable to get past eventual winners Victoria in the semi finals. However, a fine 32-24 win over Western Australia was enough to secure a well deserved top-three finish.
The 17s, who pushed 2018 champions South Australia the hardest over the past week (they only went down by one goal) highlighted just how tight the competition was, missing out on Finals on goal percentage only.
A 48-25 win over ACT on the final day was enough to secure a fifth place finish and send the NSW side home with plenty of confidence.
“I think what we saw at this year’s Nationals was how small the margins are between the top State Teams in Australia,” Margaret Hamley, State Pathways Manager at Netball NSW, said.
“There certainly was disappointment at times following close losses, but determination, team unity and NSW pride ensured each player bounced back to give it all for their team each game.
“We had both Anita Keelan from the NSW Swifts and Julie Fitzgerald from GIANTS Netball with us in Adelaide, and both were hugely impressed by the talent NSW displayed and by the marked development of players since trials.
“The National Netball Championships is a milestone along the High Performance pathway and we look forward to working with each of the players and coaches involved again as they set their next goals.”