Netball’s Future Stars Make Their Mark on the Central Coast
19th October 2020
By Bianca Smith
(HAS & CCAS Netballers at the tournament)
Some of the Hunter and Central Coast’s future stars shone this weekend when they took to the court in the inaugural Greater Series Netball Tournament, held at Breakers Indoor Stadium in Terrigal on October 17th-18th, 2020.
Sponsored by Greater Bank, the two-day tournament was underway on Saturday morning featuring almost 100 aspiring netballers aged 14 to 16 years, representing three NSW Regional Academies of Sport - Hunter Academy of Sport, Central Coast Academy of Sport and the Wagga Wagga-based Southern Sports Academy.
The athletes endured a tough 2 day competition with results as follows:
1st Place: HAS 1
2nd Place: HAS 2
3rd Place: SSA 1
4th Place: CCAS 1
1st Place: HAS 3
2nd Place: CCAS 2
3rd Place: HAS 4
4th Place: SSA 2
It was be the first time this year that the young netballers have played representative competition after the season was interrupted by COVID-19. They were due to take part in the 2020 Your Local Club Academy Games Greater Bank Netball Tournament in Maitland the 2020 Greater Bank Academy Challenge in Orange; both of which were cancelled.
Hunter Academy of Sport CEO, Brett O’Farrell, said that the Greater Series Netball Tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for the athletes to participate in elite level netball.
“This series is an exciting initiative that gives some of our state’s most talented young athletes the opportunity to come together to not only compete but also celebrate the sport.”
The tournament is part of an important pathway for the players to showcase and test their skills against their peers, with the aim of achieving higher representative honours.
Greater Bank’s Head of Marketing and Customer Experience, Matt Hingston, said that after enduring such a tough 2020, he was delighted to see the athletes finally take to the court.
“While much of their season has been interrupted or cancelled, this weekend is a welcome opportunity for the squads to finally get some court time, test their skills against the other Academy teams and enjoy being part of competitive sport once again.”