The title of “state champions” isn’t the only trophy up for grabs this afternoon when the 2011 HOLDEN State Championships wraps up at the home of Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association.
Introduced in 2009, the Pat Weston OAM Country Champions Cup was named in honour of Netball NSW Life Member Pat Weston OAM and awarded to the highest placed regional Association (outside region one) in the Open Championship Division.
“Pat’s a very special person to Netball NSW with a very long involvement. She was a founding President for a number of country Districts and had a very strong affinity with them,” Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM said.
“She brought to NSW a huge professional movement and was President when Netball NSW employed their first General Manager. She holds a special place in our history and the Board felt it was a fitting tribute for this award to be named after her.”
In 2011 there are nine Associations (outside region one) in the Open Championship Division that will compete for the Pat Weston OAM Country Champions Cup. 2011 is the third year that it will be presented with Charlestown winning the trophy in 2009 and 2010.
Archer believes the introduction of the trophy has added a little more competition to the event.
“I think it has brought an added dimension to the Championships. The Districts know of Pat and her involvement and understand the connection. I think it has added a little more competition too and reinvigorated it,” she said.
“The Districts have embraced it which is really good and are encouraging their players to compete which is great, but to have the trophy sitting there as a bonus is a great thing.”