Netball nets impressive numbers

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, has praised the Baulkham Hills Netball Association for hosting a successful State Championships meet at the Withers Road complex. The main event went ahead on Saturday 10 June, despite inclement weather, with 103 teams representing 70 Associations from across NSW competing.

“I had the great pleasure of officially opening this incredibly well-run event and was impressed not only by the quality of players, but the overall joy and enthusiasm evident in every team,” Mayor Keane said.

“And what a boost for our visitor economy, with more than 1090 players plus parents, friends and coaches from across the state experiencing the Sydney Hills in between games across three days,” she said.

“Netball is an astonishingly popular local sport and membership is constantly increasing as more and more families move to our Shire,” she said.

“Congratulations to the organisers and participants, but particularly to the mums, dads and families supporting the players – you are the true superheroes of the game through your ongoing dedication and selfless volunteering efforts.”

Carolyn Campbell – CEO, Netball NSW said the Samsung State Championships is a huge event every year.

“We are delighted with how the past three days at the Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association have gone. Every year, teams travel from all over NSW to take part in these Championships and this year, the 49th running of the competition, was no exception,” she said.

“The numbers provide the evidence that we have wonderfully committed people on and off the court who play a huge role in making our State Championships one of the biggest female sporting competitions in the country.”

“With 103 teams and almost 1000 games played over three days, it is a testament to our game and I would like to especially thank the players, coaches, support staff, organisers, the Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association and the entire Hills Shire community for embracing the Championships this year.”

Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association President, Julie Poole said the association loves holding NSW events in the Hills.

 “It’s been absolutely wonderful, with great fun and great atmosphere,” she said.

It’s been a weekend with excitement from the athletes who have just moved into the senior divisions and relief from our more mature athletes that the weekend is over, but smiles all around.”

2017 Samsung State Championships key stats

–          103 teams, representing 70 Associations from all over NSW.

–          Total number of players: 1097

–          Number of Divisions: 6 (Opens Champs, Opens Div2, 21/U Champs, 17/U Champs, 17/U Div 2, 17/U Div 3)

–          Total number of games: 969

–          Total number of minutes played: 25,194

–          Total number of goals scored: 32,884

–          Total number of draws: 27

–          Total number of games decided by one goal: 68

2017 Winners and Runners Up

–          Open Championship
Winner: Newcastle
Runner Up: Randwick

–          Open Division Two
Winner: Bathurst
Runner Up: Hawkesbury City

–          21/U Championship
Winner: Newcastle
Runner Up: Charlestown

–          17/U Championship
Winner: Manly Warringah
Runner Up: Wagga Wagga

–          17/U Division Two
Winner: Hastings Valley
Runner Up: Inner Western Suburbs

–          17/U Division Three
Winner: Glen Innes
Runner Up: Shoalhaven

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