2017 Netball NSW Schools Cup: northern inland leg of annual event starts next month

Netball NSW is hopeful the upcoming Schools Cup Local Days for the northern inland region will mark a continuation of the event’s “massive” growth since its inception five years ago.

The magic target this year is 9000 participants – the record number of children who competed in 2016.

Open to Years 5 to 10 for boys and girls, with special Gala Days for Years 3 and 4, the Schools Cup commences at Armidale on May 16. That will be followed by Tamworth (May 18), Narrabri (May 30), Inverell (primary division, May 31) and Inverell (secondary division, June 1).

“It’s the fifth year of the Schools Cup and it’s grown from 3000 participants to over 9000 participants in 2016, which is massive growth,” said Sophie Sincock, northern inland regional development officer for Netball NSW. “So we’re hoping 2017 will be better than 9000.”

The event is open to the three types of schools – independent, state and Catholic. It is held over three stages for those competing in the competitive division (there is a non-competitive division for all years).

Winning teams from the local stage advance to the regional finals, where the winners advance to the state finals in Sydney on September 19-20.

The entry deadline for Armidale and Tamworth is April 28, and May 12 for the other destinations. “It’s an all-day tournament,” Sincock said. “So you don’t get knocked out after playing only one day.”