Netball Queensland is pleased to announce that the Pine Rivers Netball Association has secured the host venue rights for the 2019 and 2021 Nissan State Age Championships.
More than $5Mil will be injected in to the Moreton Bay Region’s economy when the 2019 Carnival shoots into Pine Rivers next July.
Pine Rivers hosted the State Age Championships in 2017. The format will remain unchanged from the highly successful event in which ran in July this year at the Ipswich Netball Association. The morning and afternoon split shift in fixtures will continue, which will alleviate the logistical concerns such as parking and crowd density that come with running a tournament of this magnitude.
Following on the success of the inaugural boy’s competition at this year’s event, it will again feature in 2019 as Netball Queensland look to increase opportunity and participation in netball for young men.
Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark is delighted to take the state’s biggest junior competition back to the region after the success of the 2017 event.
“Our State Age Carnival is a remarkable event. It’s an astonishing festival of netball that showcases our wonderful workforce, our game and the scale and diversity of the Queensland netball community. I am thrilled people from across Queensland will be coming to the Moreton Bay region which just has so much to offer families and teams
“We strive to provide a first-class experience for everyone involved in Netball. Personally knowing the brilliant people involved at our the Pine Rivers Netball Association, who are supported by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, I know we can deliver a wonderful experience with memories these kids will remember for a lifetime,” Clark said.
Spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport Cr Koliana Winchester said local accommodation providers, tourism operators and hospitality outlets should brace for more than 3,000 competitors and officials to come to town.
“On top of that we’re expecting around 4,500 spectators to fill Les Hughes Sports Complex for some of the hottest netball action you’ll ever see,” she said.
“We love netball here in Moreton Bay Region and can’t wait for the return of this fabulous competition.
“Moreton Bay is one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas and we pride ourselves on our investment in attracting major sporting competitions and encouraging a lifelong participation in sport.”
Pine Rivers Netball President Rachelle Swan is also eager to have State Age return to the Association once again.
“Pine Rivers will be working hard with the Netball Queensland events team to ensure it’s another exciting State Age. This event will provide us with a great opportunity to support local businesses in the Moreton Bay Region,” Swan said.
Division 8 Councillor Mick Gillam said Council was putting its money where its mouth is.
“In the last few budgets we have spent over $1 million upgrading facilities at Les Hughes Sporting Complex to keep competitions like the State Netball Carnival coming back again and again,” he said.
“This investment will ensure that our sporting facilities are of the highest standards to meet future demands of sport in the local area.
“I hope our visitors will make the most of their time here, exploring everything Moreton Bay has to offer and I know they’ll be greeted with a smile wherever they go.
“This is one of the best netball venues in Queensland and it is good to see it being used for State carnivals.”
The 2019 State Age Championships will be held from Saturday 6 July to Tuesday 9 July with the 2021 dates to be confirmed.
The book your accommodation for 2019 State Age, visit Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism at www.visitmoretonbayregion.com.au