Macarthur netballers battle it out for state titles

More than 3000 netballers took to the Narellan Sports Hub courts at the weekend for the Netball NSW State Age Championships.

The championship event is now in its 50th year.

Netballers battled it out in the tough competition, which took place from Saturday, July 7 to Monday, July 9.

Camden District Netball Association president Gavin Brimble said the associaition was proud to host the 2018 Division 2 State Championships.

“Players came from all over NSW, as far away as Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Lismore, and an invitational team from Fiji,” he said.

“The competition was brilliant and enjoyable to watch.

“Everyone is amazed by the wonderful facilities we have here at Narellan Sports Hub, and look forward to returning to future state competitions.”

Home team: Camden netballers competed across all divisions with many teams battling it out in the division one competition.

Home team: Camden netballers competed across all divisions with many teams battling it out in the division one competition.

The event has become one of the largest female sporting events in the southern hemisphere since it was first held in 1968.

Back then 44 teams, representing 10 associations, competed in five age groups during the inaugural tournament. In 2018, more than 300 teams from 88 associations took part.

Netball NSW president Louise Sullivan was delighted to see the prestigious 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.”