The 2016 Netball NSW Schools Cup, which is taking place across the state, has been proving immensely popular with both players and officials alike – and now the competition is heading toward its business end as the race for Regional Final places heats up.
Schools Cup, which provides New South Wales primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to enjoy netball in a fun and safe environment, is coming to the end of phase one for 2016 with the final format beginning to take shape.
School teams have been competing in Schools Cup Local Days – which are run from March right up to August – with the winners from each of those progressing to a Regional Final.
Winners from Regional Finals will then advance to the Netball NSW Schools Cup State Final, to be held at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park, on Tuesday 20 September.
With most Local Days now completed, teams who have made it through to the next phase of the competition are preparing themselves for finals netball.
In a snapshot of how popular the competition has proven to be, the Sydney Metro region concluded its Local Days with just under 40 teams progressing into the Metro Final which will be held at Netball Central from August 10-11 this year.
Meanwhile 22 teams, including six all-boys teams, will contest the North Coast Regional Final in two weeks (Wednesday 20 July) for their chance to compete at the NSW Schools Cup State Final.
Casino Netball Association will host the Far North Coast Regional Final at their brand new indoor stadium, which is an exciting development for the game in the region. Far North Coast will also see its first ever boys’ team participate this season.
The South Coast had a difficult time when the town of Bega endured heavy rain during the recent poor weather which left their courts and clubhouse submerged under flood water. But that didn’t dampen their Local Day with a number of students, teachers and volunteers turning out to make the day a great success. A massive thank you must go to the Sapphire Coast Netball Association, who gave up their time and effort on the day.
Once the final Local Days are complete, all regions will hold their Regional Finals to determine which side will represent them at Netball Central in September.
Netball NSW would like to thank our partners, First National Real Estate, for helping make the competition such a success.
Results from Phase 1 Local Days can be seen here.