Oceania Cup wraps for another year

The 2015 Oceania Netball Cup has come to a close following two days of laid-back netball vibes with family and friends, new and old.

Four winners have been confirmed, with a special Spirit Award presented to a team who showed the most sportsmanship throughout the tournament, reflecting the spirit of the event.

Congratulations to the following Champions:
Under 13s – FOBShots
Under 15s (Pool A) – Blended
Under 15s (Pool B) – Afatasi Styles
Under 18s – Just Do It

Under 15s Central Coast All Stars were presented with the Spirit Award thanks to their amazing custom-made outfits worn throughout the carnival.  Not only did the players, coach, parents and even umpire get into the tropical vibes, they also showed great sportsmanship by swapping players with Under 13s side Souths Sonics when they came up against each other; a perfect example of what Oceania Cup is all about! Fun, friends and fantastic times.

NSW Swift Kimberlee Green made special appearances across the two days, meeting participants, supporting on the sidelines and even helping out South Sonics on the court.  While the recently retired Australian Diamond shared the ball around, she certainly experienced some tight one-on-one defence from her opposing Centre!

Twenty-four teams participated in this year’s event, which was the fourth time the carnival has been run.  Netball NSW Community Engagement Manager Amy Quirk says it was great seeing some new and old faces join in the fun in 2015.

“Despite the less-than-ideal conditions the weather presented us, it certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of those who joined us for the fourth instalment of the Oceania Netball Cup,” Quirk stated.

“It was great to see a number of familiar faces back again this year and some, like the Afatasi Styles, who have participated in all four years.  Even better was seeing some of the new faces who had signed up; hopefully we will see them again next year.

“A number of teams have also made long journeys to be here – from Taree to Nowra, and almost everywhere in between! We saw teams made up of players from opposing State Age teams, from different Schools and Clubs, but at the end of the day they all came together and had fun, which is exactly what Oceania Cup is all about.

“Thank you to all the players, coaches, umpires and spectators for coming along the last two days, and for Parramatta Auburn Netball Association for hosting this year’s competition. We look forward to seeing you again in 2016!” Quirk concluded.