Thousands of netballers to descend on Narellan Sports Hub

New digs: Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak and Camden and District Netball representatives at the Narellan Sports Hub when it opened. Picture: Simon Bennett

New digs: Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak and Camden and District Netball representatives at the Narellan Sports Hub when it opened. Picture: Simon Bennett

More than 3000 netballers will take to the Narellan Sports Hub courts this weekend for the Netball NSW State Age Championships.

The championship event is now in its 50th year.

The competition will take place from Saturday, July 7 to Monday, July 9.

Since first being staged in 1968, the event has become one of the largest female sporting events in the southern hemisphere.

In 1968 44 teams, representing 10 associations, contested in five age-groups during the inaugural tournament, and in 2018 more than 300 teams from 88 associations will take part.

Netball NSW president Louise Sullivan was delighted to see the competition go from strength to strength each year.

“The growth of these championships is a wonderful testament to our game over the past five decades,” she said.

“It is at these Championships that many future NSW Swifts, GIANTS and Australian Diamonds first show the potential that can, in many cases, make them future stars of our game. 

“So many NSW greats have played in this iconic event through the years and I look forward to seeing more stars in the making across the courts in 2018.”

Due to the number of players four Sydney associations will host the championship event.

Liverpool City Netball Association will host the championship division with division two will be held at Narellan, division three is taking place at Eastwood Ryde and the Inner Western Suburbs will host division four.