The 2014 Netball NSW State Championships are officially underway at Campbelltown District Netball Association and Camden & District Netball Association with the Parade of Districts winners announced.
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 judges at both venues.
There was fun and frivolity, clapping and cheering – even some dancing and pom-pom waving – as Associations paraded past the judges looking to impress. Brunswick-Byron Netball Association were crowned the winners at Campbelltown, while Wyong District Netball Association took honours at the Masters competition at Camden.
Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM declared the competition officially open at Campbelltown, kick-starting three days of back-to-back netball, which will conclude on Monday afternoon with the crowning of the 2014 State Champions, as well as the prestigious Pat Weston OAM Country Championship Cup for the best performing regional Association.
Whilst addressing the crowd, Archer paid homage to the sheer size of the event and encouraged everyone – players, coaches, umpires and spectators – to enjoy the weekend.
“This is the 46th year of the State Championships and there will be 1,284 games played here across the weekend to determine who will be our State Champions for 2014,” Archer said.
“To all the teams and their supporters I wish you a great weekend of netball … and I invite you all to enjoy the spectacle that is the State Championships – feel the passion and revel in what is truly a great sporting event.
“I look forward to watching some great netball over the next three days and seeing you back here on Monday afternoon to announce our State Champions,” Archer concluded.
Upon presenting the Parade of Districts trophy to Brunswick-Byron, Campbelltown City Council Deputy Mayor Councillor Paul Lake described his own personal experience with State Championships.
“My daughter played many years ago but I must say, the weather is much better than it was in 1992. Congratulations to all the competitors here today – I hope you have you all have a great time. I believe there are over 130 teams [at both venues] and I wish you well,” Cr. Lake said.
With over 1,300 participants from 70 Associations in nine age-divisions, this weekend is sure to be a fantastic three days of netball. Good luck to all the teams and have fun!
*Official results will be available via www.netballnsw.com
Netball NSW would like to thank Coast2Coast for their support as an Official Partner of the 2014 State Championships.