State Champs official underway

The 2015 Netball NSW State Championships are officially underway at Illawarra Netball Association with the Parade of Districts winners announced.

As per State Championships tradition, the weekend began with all competing Associations from all across New South Wales participating in the ‘march past’ in front of judges Netball NSW Life Member and Hall of Fame Member Marilyn Melhuish OAM, Ms Anna Watson MP Member for Shellharbour and from BBX, Major Partner of the State Championships, Senior Account Manager Sean Morando.

There was fun and frivolity, clapping and cheering – with mascots, dancing and pom-pom waving – as Associations paraded past the judges looking to impress, accompanied by the Wollongong Brass Band – congratulations to Hastings Valley Netball Association who were crowned the winners, with a special mention to Macleay Netball Association.

Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM declared the competition officially open at Illawarra, kick-starting three days of back-to-back netball, which will conclude on Monday afternoon with the crowning of the 2015 State Champions in nine age-divisions, as well as the prestigious Pat Weston OAM Country Championship Cup for the best performing regional Association in the Open Championship division.

Archer encouraged all involved in the event – players, coaches, umpires, volunteers and spectators – to enjoy the weekend.

“Illawarra have turned on the weather and it’s just a beautiful morning. I warmly welcome the players, officials, administrators, family, friends, netball tragics to the 2015 State Championships. This is your championships to enjoy and it is obvious that you are off to a good start. You all play a tremendous role in creating a little bit of history here of the next three days,” Archer said.

“To all of the teams, I wish you good luck for the weekend… I invite everybody to enjoy the spectacle, feel the passion and revel in what is truly a great sporting event.

“I look forward to watching three days of great netball, and seeing you back here on Monday afternoon to announce the State Champions. It’s my very great pleasure do declare the State Championships open, let’s go and play some netball!”

Netball NSW Life Member and Hall of Fame Member Marilyn Melhuish OAM presented the Parade of Districts trophy to Hastings Valley.

With over 1,300 participants from 74 Associations in nine age-divisions, these three days packed with netball are sure to be fantastic. Good luck to all the teams and have fun!

Netball NSW would like to thank our Major Partners of the 2015 State Championships; The Athlete’s Foot, The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), BBX and Coast2Coast.