The Netball NSW State Age Championships are officially underway for 2013 with the winners of the Parade of Districts announced for each venue.
Netballers have travelled from all across NSW to participate and as per tradition the weekend began with all competing Associations participating in the Parade of Districts in front of a panel of judges at each venue.
Out at Parramatta Auburn, Brunswick Byron Netball Association were awarded the 2013 title for Division Four after dazzling the judges with their chants, marching and passion. Led by their 14U captains Ebony and Ella, they said that they had trained…but only in the car park at the lunch break on their drive down to Sydney yesterday!
Meanwhile at Campbelltown, Griffith Netball Association was crowned the winners after their smooth, choreographed dance moves and funky sunglasses won over the judges and earned a special applause from the watching crowd.
Mudgee Netball Association once again impressed with their tight marching to take out the Parade of Districts at Bankstown City, with Coffs Harbour and Barellan earning special mentions, as well as Griffith for their awesome costumes.
The Honourable Graham Annesley MP, NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, declared the competition open at Campbelltown, kicking off the three-day event which will conclude on Monday afternoon with the crowning of the State Age Champions.
In her introductory speech to the masses with light rain sprinkling over Campbelltown netball courts, Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM said it was a real thrill to see high spirits unaffected by the bad weather.
“Looking around at the assembly in front of us, standing in the rain … it shows that no matter the weather, you can never rain on that passion and that’s certainly the case this morning,” Archer said.
“A special thank you to our hosts Campbelltown, Bankstown City and Parramatta Auburn Netball Associations, to The Kids’ Cancer Project as official charity partner, and also to our special guests. And a special good luck to every player, coach, umpire, manager and spectator – I’m looking forward to watching some great netball.”
With more than 3,500 players contesting 2,757 matches, there is plenty netball to watch this weekend!