Suzuki State Age Championship
DATES: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 6-8 June 2015
VENUE: Hinterland District Netball Association, Firth Park, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba
OPENING CEREMONY: Saturday 6th June, 7am
CLOSING CEREMONY: Monday 8th June, 1:15pm
48 associations, 1700 players aged from 13 to 18 years, 175 umpires, over 300 coaches and managers not to mention the countless number of volunteers, parents and supporters will all converge on the Gold Coast this weekend for the Suzuki State Age Carnival.
In one of the largest under age events for the year many talented athletes will be on show including players from the 17/U Queensland State team who took out the National netball Championship in April.
Talented sisters Maddie and Tara Hinchliffe will hit the court for the Brisbane U18 team while Julia Robinson and Riley Holland will hold court at the attack end for Downey Park capping off a big three months for all four athletes being talent identified in the Australian 17/U squad.
Netball Queensland’s Sports Development and Participation Manager Tahnee Norris said the three-day, 57 round competition is a chance for all under age players to represent their associations in a state carnival atmosphere.
“It determines the best team in each age group from across the state and is the pinnacle under age carnival in Queensland,” Norris said.
“This is what all the young up and coming netball players strive towards each year and it is a chance for them to play the game they love with their friends in a competitive team environment.”
“It also paves the way for some of the smaller country associations to see how they match up against their bigger city sisters,” Norris said.
This Project is supported by funding from the Economic Development Branch of Council of the City of Gold Coast.
Mayor Tom Tate said the carnival was one of the 30 new sporting events the City of Gold Coast had attracted in the past financial year as part of its Sport Plan.
“Our plan aims to grow the Gold Coast’s sporting economy and it’s events like this carnival that make a much valued contribution to our local economy as well as encouraging our community to participate in great sports like netball,” he said.
Also keep an eye on the Netball Queensland website www.netballq.org.au and Facebook Page for all the results and action photos from the tournament.