Some of Maitland’s netball stars of the future are set to shine this weekend when they take on the state’s best as part of the Your Local Club Academy Games Netball Tournament at Maitland Basketball Stadium on 28 and 29 April.
Presented by Greater Bank, the two-day tournament will feature more than 290 aspiring netballers aged 14-16 years representing 11 NSW sporting academies, including Western Sydney, Central Coast, Sydney Netball Academy.
The Hunter Academy of Sport will field a strong team this year, which will including six Maitland players - Abbey Allomes (Louth Park), Caitlyn Doherty (Aberglasslyn), Lexy Holz (Bolwarra Heights), Amity Petersen (East Maitland), Tayla Winter (Tenambit) and Molly Young (Berry Park).
Hunter Academy of Sport CEO, Brett O’Farrell, said as one of the Academy Games’ biggest events, the netball tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for budding young players to get a taste of competing at an elite level.
“The Your Local Club Academy Games is an exciting initiative that enables our state’s most talented young athletes the chance to come together to not only compete but to celebrate sport and the skills and commitment involved,” said Mr O’Farrell.
“The Greater Bank Netball Tournament is one of the most anticipated events of the Games and plays a key part in the overall talent development of our netballers. They get the opportunity to showcase their skills as well as learn new approaches to the game by competing against a broad pool of players.”
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. A Merit Team recognising stand out performance will be selected at the end of the tournament.
Greater Bank’s Community Engagement Manager, Ingrid Kaczor, highlighted the importance of the netball tournament in promoting young talent and providing an avenue for players to improve their skills and development.
“As a community bank, our charter is to support the region that supports us. We have been a proud sponsor of grassroots netball for more than 20 years and are currently involved with 13 local netball associations across the Hunter region and beyond,” said Ms Kaczor.
“We are excited to be working with the Hunter Academy of Sport again this year to roll out the netball tournament and look forward to witnessing the state’s talent showcase this weekend.”