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Purpose

The Nissan City Country 18U Series replaces the former City Country series which was an open age event.  The purpose of this is to provide another stepping stone for talented young players from both city and country areas to compete in a high quality competition.  The event will be played in conjunction with the Nissan 16U State Titles, providing a clear goal for the 16U players to aspire to and also to ensure the matches are well supported.

Selection

Teams will be selected by the NQ Selection Panels through knowledge of players from their performances over the previous two years, as well as performances in the Queensland State Netball League, Secondary Schoolgirls Championships, QISSN and Queensland Premier League games.  Players who have represented Queensland (17U or 19U) and had significant court time during the National Championships will not be considered for selection in these two teams.  Players from the Nissan 16U State Titles team will also not be eligible to play in these games.  This will allow selectors to view players with an eye on the Queensland 19U squad for the following year.

For the purpose of defining City and Country, the following guidelines will apply.

The Nissan City Team will be drawn from the following QSNL teams or their related Associations

  1. Lynx
  2. Cougars
  3. Tigers
  4. Wildcats
  5. Lions
  6. Jags

The Nissan Country Team will be drawn from the following QSNL teams or their related Associations

  1. Marlins
  2. Steelcats
  3. Sharks
  4. Claws
  5. Thundercats
  6. Panthers

Dates

The games will be played in conjunction with the Nissan 16U State Titles in Toowoomba on the evenings of Oct 4, 5 & 6, 2018.

Costs

Players will be required to pay a levy to contribute to the Associated costs, which will be equalised across both teams and the 16U State Titles teams

18U City and Country Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Team Managers

Team Head Coach Assistant Coach Manager
Queensland Country 18U Rebecca Stower Winnie Whatley Vacant
Queensland City 18U Erin Byrnes Helen Payne Jo Urlich

Concussion Management Program

Netball Queensland have partnered with the Headsmart Sports Concussion Programme to help manage concussion and the return to play process for Netballers of all ages across Queensland.  For a very small annual fee of $20, Netballers can undergo an online baseline assessment which will then provide valuable individualised feedback if they do suffer a head knock during the season.  This information will assist medical practitioners to accurately assess the player’s concussion status and capacity to return to play safely.  All of Netball Queensland’s elite programs, including the Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds are using this programme and we would encourage all players to do the same.  For more information please review the information paper here. NQ and Headsmart Sports Concussion Programme

Communications

May 7 Update: 16U and 18U Competition