West Coast Fever thrash Sunshine Coast Lightning in 80-56 Super Netball win



West Coast Fever have capped a big week for coach Stacey Marinkovich, with a record-breaking 80-56 Super Netball victory over Sunshine Coast Lightning in Brisbane.

The Fever, playing a day after Marinkovich was announced as the new Diamonds coach, produced a stunning first-half effort on their way to reaching their highest score, while also equalling the league record of 80 goals shared by the Lightning and NSW Swifts.

In Sunday’s earlier Super Netball match, Queensland Firebirds survived a dramatic late comeback to record a thrilling 54-53 victory over Adelaide Thunderbirds.

For the Fever, Jamaican goal-scoring machine Jhaniele Fowler continued her outstanding season with 57 goals.

The Western Australian club built their win on a 24-8 second-quarter blitz as they regained fourth spot on the ladder.

“I think we had a lot to prove today … also for our coach who has just been made Diamonds coach,” Fever centre Verity Charles told Channel Nine.

“We just wanted to back her and show her that everything she’s doing is paying off.”

Marinkovich will juggle national team duties with her role at the Fever until the end of the 2021 season.

The new national coach will be buoyed by the Fever’s progress after the 2018 grand finalists defeated the Magpies and Lightning by a combined total of 38 goals in the space of six days.

Aside from Fowler’s contribution for the Fever, Alice Teague-Neeld scored a total of 13 points (seven goals, two super shots) and Kaylia Stanton added a 10-point haul (six goals, two super shots).

Steph Wood (28 points) was the top scorer for the Lightning, who are still third on the ladder but eight points adrift of the first-placed Melbourne Vixens, and four behind Swifts.

Firebirds hold on for victory

The Thunderbirds recovered from nine goals down at half-time to hit the front with five minutes remaining, leaving the home side in danger of another tough defeat following their midweek one-goal loss to the Giants.

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But the Firebirds kept their cool in the closing moments, with rookie Tippah Dwan scoring the match-winner in her side’s second victory of the season.

Both sides struggled to find their attacking flow in the fourth quarter, won 11-8 by the Thunderbirds, but key intercepts from captain Gabi Simpson and Kim Jenner helped deliver the Firebirds enough opportunities to win it at the death.

“That last two minutes was a complete blur,” Firebirds defender Tara Hinchliffe said.

“We just had to have composure, that was our word for the game and I think it showed in that last 60 seconds of mayhem.

“I just didn’t want it down my end.”

Dwan finished with 14 points (10 goals, two super goals), while Romelda Aiken was outstanding for the Firebirds, landing 40 goals at a 91 per cent accuracy rate.

Georgie Horjus led the scoring for the Thunderbirds with 27 points (19 goals, four super shots).

The Firebirds remain in seventh spot, while the loss leaves the Thunderbirds in sixth position.

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Melbourne Vixens down NSW Swifts 63-60 in Super Netball classic, Giants beat Magpies



Melbourne Vixens have retained top spot on the Super Netball standings with a thrilling 63-60 victory over the second-placed NSW Swifts in Brisbane.

In Saturday’s second Super Netball fixture, the Giants triumphed 69-54 over Collingwood Magpies to move into the top four ahead of the completion of round eight.

On the day Stacey Marinkovich was announced as Australia’s national coach, the Vixens and Swifts provided the new Diamonds boss with a spectacular showcase of the rich resources at her disposal.

Liz Watson and Paige Hadley enhanced their already powerful reputations as the Vixens survived a late fightback from the defending champions in the top-of-the-table clash.

More high quality performances came from defender Jo Weston and her Vixens teammate Mwai Kumwenda, who finished with 46 goals.

Hadley could not haul her Swifts across the line but that was no knock on a skilled outfit that used every ounce of depth available.

“It was the two best teams going at it,” Swifts coach Briony Akle said.

“The quality of netball’s been great considering we weren’t sure about coming into the hub and playing two games a week.”

To beat the Vixens you have to beat Watson and the Swifts gave themselves a chance by tasking Hadley with the job at wing defence.

Rather than cancelling each other out, every act of brilliance or determination from one was matched by the other in a way that magnified their class.

“I like Paige there at wing defence,” Akle said.

And still Watson was influential.

At one point in the first quarter she was responsible for more circle feeds than the Swifts’ team and the midcourt star ended the contest with 53 feeds and 37 assists.

The Vixens grabbed the advantage in the third quarter thanks largely to the fierce checking of Vixens wing defence Kate Eddy, who worried her former side into a string of possession changes.

Swifts goal attack Helen Housby sat out much of the second half with a corked leg but is not expected to miss Tuesday night’s match against the Magpies.

Also on Tuesday, the Vixens play the Giants.

Giants record topsy-turvy win

The Giants’ third win from eight starts showcased their best and worst qualities.

They were forgettable in the first quarter when turnovers and indecision hampered their efforts.

Beyond that they were a different side as centre Jamie-Lee Price and shooter Jo Harten set a higher standard.

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Benching Caitlin Bassett to form a moving circle with Harten (27/34) and Kiera Austin (25/33) was another feature of the turnaround.

“We did a really good job at staying calm,” Price said.

The Giants seized control of the contest in the third and fourth terms when they crushed the Magpies 41-24 to lead 52-43 at the final change.

Magpies pair Geva Mentor (eight gains) and Jodi Ann Ward (11 gains) were defiant but they could not do enough to slow the Giants once they bolted.

“Our defensive intensity really dropped then we started on a chase,” Magpies coach Rob Wright said.

“As that momentum swung (the Giants) got really confident.”

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Stacey Marinkovich revealed by Netball Australia as the Diamonds’ new coach



West Coast Fever coach Stacey Marinkovich has been named as the new coach of Australia’s national netball team, the Diamonds.

She succeeds Lisa Alexander, who was in charge of the national side from 2011 until earlier this year.

Marinkovich, who was previously the Australian Fast 5 head coach, will continue to coach the Fever in the Super Netball competition but will take over immediately as national coach.

She will remain at the Fever until the end of the 2021 season, at which point she will become the full-time coach of the Diamonds in the lead-up to the 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham and the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa.

“This is something I have been working towards my entire professional life and I’m absolutely honoured and humbled that Netball Australia have granted me the opportunity to lead the world’s best netball team,” Marinkovich said in a statement from the Diamonds.

“I am acutely aware of the expectations, the history and responsibility of taking on such a position and I am very much looking forward to growing the success of the Diamonds program.

“Coaching the Diamonds is not about me as a coach. It is about the team that is representing the nation and Netball Australia, and everything I will do in my time as head coach is about the quality of that representation.”

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Marinkovich, who becomes the 15th coach of the Diamonds in the team’s history, received the Joyce Brown Coach of the Year award in 2018.

She beat the likes of Melbourne Vixens coach Simone McKinnis and ex-Australia star Vicki Wilson, who has most recently coached Fiji, for the coveted position.

A new mum, Marinkovich has been coach of the Fever since 2015 after playing for them until 2009.

The Fever are fourth on the ladder after seven rounds of the Super Netball season.

Netball Australia CEO Marne Fechner said she was delighted with the decision after what was a lengthy and rigorous process, with an outstanding field of applicants.

“The head coach role is critical within the context of our national high-performance system and we are excited to have Stacey stepping into the role, she is an outstanding coach and leader,” she said.

“We have and will continue to work closely with the West Coast Fever on the succession planning they have in place for their next coach and we will do all that we can to support that process.”

It is not clear when the Diamonds will next play. Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand are in discussions about the staging of this year’s Constellation Cup Test series.

The Diamonds squad is expected to be announced once the finals line-up is completed for the Super Netball season.

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Forget footy and netball — fans are desperate to see these niche sports survive the pandemic


From people dedicated to an archaic form of tennis, to a 60-year-old table tennis association in a tiny sheep-farming community, country clubs for sports that usually fly under the radar are feeling the pinch of the pandemic.

Real tennis is an old form of the game played indoors, on a larger court, and similar to squash — you can hit the ball off the walls.

It is a heritage sport, a progenitor of modern lawn tennis, and one the members of the Ballarat Tennis Club takes pride in keeping alive.

But the club is now suffering under COVID-19.

“We’ve basically no income, it’s just stopped our income flat,” club committee member and player Catherine Faull said.

“Initially when it happened, we called out to members to pay their bills straight away so we could just get a handle on how much we had and what we needed to do.”

The club has around 120 members, who would normally pay a $399 early membership fee — out of goodwill, the club did not ask members to pay that fee this year, charging only for the month or so it was open.

Catherine Faull is concerned the future of her historically significant real tennis club is at risk because of the pandemic.(Supplied: Ballarat Tennis Club)

The club was still working out the toll of that financial hit.

“We have a professional tennis player, Andrew Fowler, who is employed by the club … so that’s been hard for him, thank goodness the JobKeeper kept him going,” Ms Faull said.

Unlike Aussie Rules, or soccer, the fact real tennis exists as a played sport is due to clubs like Ballarat’s — without them, it could be relegated to the annals of history, like a language that ceases to exist when its last speaker dies.

A real tennis court in Ballarat.
The rules of real tennis are similar to those of lawn tennis, but they are more complicated.(Supplied: Ballarat Tennis Club)

“We’d love to keep it going because, historically, it’s fascinating and we’d love to preserve that,” Ms Faull said.

“We’re planning for future events, but we’re also realistic that this 40-year-old club is at risk, basically.”

Croquet members ‘keen as mustard’

The Ballarat Western Croquet Club has been running for more than a century — they have also lost significant amounts of income because of the pandemic.

“We’ve cancelled probably three or four competitions,” club secretary Jenny Leviston said.

“But the main thing that’s affected is the cancellation of our groups that come to visit … we use them as one of our main fundraisers.”

Black and white picture of people playing croquet in Ballarat early in the 20th century.
People with croquet mallets in Ballarat early in the 20th century.(Supplied: Ballarat Western Croquet Club)

Croquet requires a pristine playing surface, and lawn maintenance is not cheap.

“The cost of chemicals is quite expensive, ” Ms Leviston said.

“We’ve got the greenkeepers cost, and just before Christmas last year, we spent over $3,000 top-dressing our lawns.

“We were hoping to get that money back with the competitions and the green fees in the new year, which we weren’t able to because we did have to stop playing very early in March.”

The clubs membership fees are kept low, as a lot of members are on fixed incomes — luckily, the croquet community is lively and dedicated, and so membership numbers haven’t plummeted over the last few months.

The club secured a State Government grant earlier in the year, but it was spent immediately on the water bill.

“The green-keeping is the main thing, and the water,” Ms Leviston said.

Multiple elderly people mow and rake the lawns at a croquet club.
The Ballarat Western Croquet Club lawn requires a lot of care from members.(Supplied: Ballarat Western Croquet Club)

“Our last water bill before Christmas was nearly $1,000 … so that’s a lot of money for a little club.”

Ms Leviston is hopeful the tenacity of the members will see them through this difficult stretch.

“I’m positive that the club will keep going because I know that our members are as keen as mustard and they love to be out on the court playing,” she said.

Players keep it going in between sheep farming

David Rowbottom has been the president of the Orford and District Table Tennis Association since 1972 and he said despite the setbacks brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, it will not be folding anytime soon.

The association was set up in the 1950s in the tiny south-west Victorian sheep-farming community of Orford, which had just over 100 residents at the 2016 census.

The Orford Memorial Hall.
The Orford Memorial Hall in south-west Victoria has been the base for a strong table tennis association since the 1950s.(ABC South West Victoria: Sian Johnson)

Mr Rowbottom said many similar associations had stopped operating over the years, but his club had a “tremendous core” of players that had stuck around for decades.

“It’s a great, clean sport and very rarely does anyone get injured,” he said.

The association usually has about 30 players but Mr Rowbottom said it was becoming more difficult to maintain numbers.

They carefully manage their funds and import high-quality tables from Germany and inherited some from the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

“Family farms are disappearing and the young people go to the city for their jobs and not a lot stay around,” Mr Rowbottom said.

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David Rowbottom is instilling a love of table tennis in his grandchildren Ally, 14, and Jensen, aged 8.(ABC South West Victoria: Sian Johnson)

At the beginning of 2020 the association managed to attract more players from coastal hub of Port Fairy, but apart from a few games in between restrictions the competition has mostly been on hold.

“We’re pretty certain that the majority of the players that we picked up will keep going, but there is some concern about next year,” he said

“It definitely won’t be the end, though — we’ll keep going.”

Small sports rely heavily on volunteers

Chief executive of VicSport, Lisa Hasker, said weathering the COVID-19 storm has been tougher for the smaller clubs.

“You’re a big sport, you have resources to lean on … but the small sports are run pretty much entirely by volunteers,” Ms Hasker said.

“There’s a lot of areas where it’s harder because everything falls back onto those volunteers.”

Ms Hasker said the variety these smaller niche sports provide enrichens the sporting landscape around the Victoria.

“We’re all different; we all like different sports,” Ms Hasker said.

“But it doesn’t suit everyone, so I think [variety] is vital.”



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NSW Swifts, Melbourne Vixens record Super Netball victories ahead of blockbuster clash



Melbourne Vixens and NSW Swifts will meet in a top-of-the-table Super Netball clash this Saturday after both recorded seven-goal wins.

The Vixens were pushed to the limit by Adelaide Thunderbirds before triumphing 50-43 in Brisbane, while the Swifts downed Sunshine Coast Lightning 61-54 in Wednesday night’s earlier match.

Both teams now hold 6-1 win-loss records, with the Vixens atop the standings because of their superior percentage.

The Swifts lost 65-58 to the Lightning 10 days ago in what was the first encounter between the teams since Sydney won last year’s grand final.

But the Swifts turned the tables to post their sixth win of the season, with captain Maddy Proud (35 feeds, 18 goal assists) the standout as she continues her comeback from a knee injury.

“It feels like we played (the Lightning) a couple of days ago now,” Proud said.

“We really redeemed ourselves and it felt like we are really starting to find some form and, obviously, myself as well, I feel like I’m back on track now.”

With the match deadlocked 16-all at quarter-time, the Lightning edged ahead in the second term to lead 32-29 at half-time.

The Swifts responded and after outscoring the Lightning 15-11 in the third quarter they skipped away in the fourth to ice the victory, with Sam Wallace and Helen Housby coming to the fore.

Wallace (23 goals, one super shot) and Housby (23 goals, one super shot) finished the match with 25 points each, while Sophie Garbin added 11 goals to the Swifts’ total.

Cara Koenen shot at an impressive 93 per cent accuracy to land 28 goals for the Lightning.

The loss saw the Lightning drop down a position on the ladder to third, four points adrift of the Vixens and Swifts.

Vixens challenged by Thunderbirds

A dominant fourth-quarter performance clinched the win for the Vixens, who had been locked at 36-all with a tenacious Thunderbirds outfit at three-quarter time.

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The Thunderbirds, who handed the Vixens their only defeat of the season earlier in the month were ahead early and led 14-9 at the first break.

They remained in front, and led 24-20 at half-time, before the Vixens levelled the score after gaining the upper hand in the third term.

Goal keeper Emily Mannix was among the best on court for the Vixens with a stunning eight intercepts, which was just one short of her league record for a match.

She also registered 10 deflections.

“It was definitely a tough match,” Mannix said.

“[The] Thunderbirds have been playing some really good netball and credit to them, they brought it to us again today.”

Caitlin Thwaites was a shining light for the Vixens with 30 goals at 97 per cent.

Lenize Potgieter topped the scoring for the Thunderbirds with 29 goals from 31 attempts.

The defeat meant the Thunderbirds dropped out of the top four to be placed fifth ahead of Sunday’s match against Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.



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Mid Gippsland Football Netball League accepts all six Alberton clubs into comp


The Mid Gippsland Football Netball League (MGFNL) will accept the six Alberton Football Netball League clubs into its competition a year after rejecting a proposed merger.

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The league voted to accept the Fish Creek, Foster, Meeniyan Dumbalk United, Stony Creek, Tarwin and Toora clubs at its executive meeting last night.

The combined competition could have 15 teams, but two MGFNL clubs are considering moving to neighbouring competitions.

The Alberton league had struggled to stay afloat for in recent years after a number of clubs left the competition.

MGFNL spokesperson Rob Popplestone said the move was a big change, but would not result in the league changing its name.

“There’s safety in numbers,” he said.

“So for the future security of both leagues – Alberton in particular – we decided to merge.

“There won’t be any representation of Alberton within the name.

Travel not an issue, MGFNL says

A key factor driving the opposition to the merger in 2019 was the distance separating the clubs from the two leagues.

For Mid Gippsland clubs in the Latrobe Valley, travelling to South Gippsland to face Alberton teams can take more than an hour.

But Mr Popplestone said he expected travel concerns would be alleviated once football resumed.

“It’s all new grounds for all teams and all clubs, and it’s a big challenge,” he said.

“At this stage we haven’t had the opportunity to play for almost a year, so we’ve still got another six months, but certainly there’ll be a lot of work between now and then done to make sure that 2021 is a successful season for everyone involved.”

A previous attempt to merge the Alberton and Mid Gippsland competitions drew strong opposition.(Supplied: James Kelly)

Decision wins early approval

The Yinnar and Hill End MGFNL clubs said they were happy with the league’s decision to accept the six Alberton clubs.

Yinnar netball vice-president Dee Buckley said her club was happy to accommodate the new teams.

“I think it’ll be a refreshing to see some new sides, she said.

Hill End director of football Clinton Morello said he hoped having more teams in the league would make it more competitive.

But two Mid Gippsland clubs are considering leaving the competition.

Trafalgar’s proposed move into the Ellinbank Football Netball League was rejected at last night’s MGFNL meeting, meaning it will have to appeal to AFL Gippsland if it still wants to pursue the move.

Yallourn-Yallourn North is planning to give members a vote on a proposed move into the North Gippsland Football Netball League.

Alberton clubs relieved

After years of uncertainty, Fish Creek committee member Megan Vuillermin said she was happy the league’s future had been resolved.

“I think there will be a lot of people from Alberton clubs breathing a sigh of relief that we have a home next year,” Ms Vuillermin said.

“It’s been years and years of broken promises and not even knowing if we’ll get off the ground from year to year.”

She said the committees from the two leagues had looked at a potential draw and clubs would not have to travel large distances each week.



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NSW Swifts netballer Sophie Craig’s sacrifices for Super Netball


Netballer Sophie Craig knows better than most the sacrifice required to make it in sport.

In recent times she not only delayed her honeymoon so she didn’t miss a training session but has moved hundreds of kilometres away from her husband Shawn to be with the NSW Swifts in their Queensland Super Netball bubble.

“And my babies, my two little puppies Maple and Spencer,’’ said Craig, who grew up in Fairfield and now has a house at Camden. “And my parents who are my biggest fans. They have been to every game and haven’t seen one this season. It’s broken their hearts.’’

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Craig has also taken a hit in the hip pocket to pursue her netball career, taking time off from her part time job to relocate to Queensland.

“I work for Colonial First State bank in superannuation.. My boss is incredible, so supportive,’’ the Swifts defender said.

“We only found out 24 hours before that I leave for 10 weeks. He was great.’’

But the sacrifice has been worth it with Craig going from a replacement player last year to training partner before COVID and now a regular starter in the champion NSW Swifts side.

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“I have been living one dream but leaving the other one behind in Sydney,’’ Craig said from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast where the defending Super Netball champions are based.

“I have a really supportive husband who is being a single dad (to the puppies) at home.

“It’s a totally new experience for us all.

“We facetime every morning and night. I want to see the puppies I sound like a crazy dog lady.

“Sometimes I feel bad he’s left at home and it sucks. He had a holiday booked for three weeks but with the border shut he can’t come.’’

Craig said she considers herself lucky to be a Swift.

“You just never know when the bib will come so you have to embrace it,’’ she said.

“Everyone makes sacrifices to be at this level. I just got lucky I got to be where I am now.’’



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Netball 17&U: Only four points separating first and fourth


This week’s KFC A Grade game sees a replay of last year’s grand final with Federal taking on Rovers on court two at 3pm.

Rovers will be strengthened with the return from injury of Tracey Meekings, who will ensure Federal shooters will need to be on their game as she is one of the best rebounders in the competition.

Both teams have top notch centre court players and both teams can put excellent combinations on the court.

One possible match up to watch could be Federal centre Phoebe Wilcox up against Lauren Parai from Rovers.

Rovers shooters will need to bring their A game as any misses will be snapped up by Federal defenders Katelyn Patterson and Tahlia Lee.

The last time these teams met Federal ran away with a 21 goal win. This week’s game however looks to be a closer battle.

In the A/A Reserve cross over game Wests A will be playing their A Reserve team. Wests A will be out for a big win as second place on the ladder could come down to percentage.

In the other Club Eastside, A Reserve games Rovers CC take on Rovers TRex.

The younger CCs have had the upper hand on TRex and this looks to continue this week but you can never underestimate TRex.

Federal take on Seasons in the remaining game.

In the Yeperenye B Grade, ladder leaders Federal Angels take on the unpredictable Wests.

Wests upset Sundowners last week and have moved into fourth place on the ladder and will be looking to consolidate this position. However, Federal Angels should be too strong.

The 17&U has the closest ladder in the competition with only four points separating first and fourth and all four teams capable of taking out the premiership.

This week sees first taking on second with Neata Glass Giants versing Federal White in what will be a close hard fought game.

Archive photo: Tegan Hatzmihail and Tracey Meekings.



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Melbourne Vixens bounce back with 68-59 Super Netball win over West Coast Fever



The Melbourne Vixens have retained top spot on the Super Netball ladder with a 68-59 win over the West Coast Fever in Brisbane.

Playing just two days after recording their first loss of the season — a 54-47 defeat to the Adelaide Thunderbirds — the Vixens rebounded in style, with Caitlin Thwaites (32 goals) and Tegan Philip (26 goals) in dominant form.

The Fever had their moments, with Jhaniele Fowler impressing with 47 goals at 98 per cent accuracy.

In Tuesday night’s other Super Netball encounter, Helen Housby led the NSW Swifts to a 64-57 win over the winless Queensland Firebirds.

The Swifts moved to provisional second position on the ladder on 16 points, trailing the Vixens via an inferior percentage, with the third-placed Lightning still to play in round five.

Vixens coach Simone McKinnis gave her starting seven full games to brush out the cobwebs from the weekend and the players responded positively.

“We did only play two days ago and we weren’t happy at all with that,” Philip said.

“If I’m not putting out the performance I need, I need to take responsibility for that.”

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The Vixens quickly flushed any remnants from Sunday’s loss to the Thunderbirds with a commanding first quarter.

They landed 21 first-term goals, equal to the highest quarter tally for any side this season.

The introduction of Fever captain Courtney Bruce in the second quarter pumped some energy into the 2018 grand finalists.

Her rebounding and ball-winning prowess gave the Fever enough possession to keep pressure on.

Regular goal keeper Bruce finished the game at goal defence, one of two problem positions for the Fever.

The other thorn for coach Stacey Marinkovich is at goal attack where neither Alice Teague-Neeld nor Kaylia Stanton could make a lasting impact.

The Fever sit in fourth place on the ladder ahead of the completion of round five.

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2020 Junior and Senior Netball State Titles cancelled – 16 News


Netball NSW has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 HART Junior and Senior State Titles.

Due to concern relating to the potential community spread of COVID-19, the organisation received advice from NSW Health to “avoid large, inter-regional championships”. Accordingly, Netball NSW has determined that it would be irresponsible to proceed with the State Titles at this time.

The largest events on the Netball NSW calendar, the Junior and Senior State Titles bring Associations from all corners of the state together to determine champions in numerous underage and opens age categories. Both are important elements of the Netball NSW pathway, which showcases the strength of grassroots netball right across the state.

In 2020 six Associations (Penrith District, Hawkesbury City, Parramatta Auburn, Baulkham Hills Shire, Eastwood Ryde and Blacktown City) were due to host the 2020 Junior State Titles from 3-5 October, while four other Associations (Campbelltown District, Camden & District, Bankstown City and Fairfield City) were set to welcome the Seniors on the same weekend.

Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said the health of the wider community had to come first in 2020.

“Players, coaches, umpires, officials and parents would all be well aware that Netball NSW has held on to the hope of conducting the State Titles in 2020, maintaining an air of positivity that the re-scheduled October dates would enable the competitions to proceed,” she said.

“Regrettably the time has come for us to concede that this won’t be possible.

“On Wednesday 12 August Netball NSW participated in an all-sport briefing with the NSW Government and received the latest information from NSW Health.

“We also received feedback from many Associations in recent weeks. While a variety of options were considered, including localised competitions or limited age groups, the fact is that any version would require an element of travel which NSW Health are trying to avoid.

“Furthermore, the less teams competing the less the event bears any resemblance to a true State Titles competition.

“It goes without saying that this was not a decision taken lightly and we feel deeply sorry for those who had been planning for, and working so hard towards this year’s event, but we look forward to 2021 with renewed hope and will focus all our efforts on that going forward.

“For now, we are fortunate that regular competitions have been able to commence and we thank the netball community for their ongoing commitment to the health and safety protocols those competitions are running under.”

Netball NSW would also like to thank HART Sport, naming rights partners of both the Junior and Senior State Titles, for their continued support of community netball across the state.



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