Netball Queensland is pleased to announce Ipswich Netball Association will host the Nissan State Age Championship from Saturday 7 July to Tuesday 10 July 2018.
The Championship will be contested by age groups from 12 and under to 15 and under, with two age groups to play in the morning and two in the afternoon.
Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark said she was excited to be taking the competition back to Ipswich.
“Ipswich Netball Association have a rich history hosting State Age. We’ve been eager to return to the region since the titles were last hosted there 2013,” Clark said.
“The new split competition format will deliver the most efficient Championship in history. Athletes will spend more time on court and less time waiting between games. Our Competitions Strategy Group has worked hard on the new Championship format to deliver the best possible experience for our netballers.
“It provides a great opportunity for our netball community to experience the many exciting off-court experiences we have in store and the fantastic sights Ipswich has to offer.”
Nominations for State Age will open to netball associations in the near future.
Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said sport was in the DNA of Ipswich.
“Our junior programs have produced some of Australia’s elite athletes, and the facilities which will host 240 teams and 2400 players next year are second to none,” he said.
“Ipswich is very proud to host the best netballers in Queensland who – during their time here – will score more than 30,000 goals. There is no doubt some future champions of Australian netball will be among these players.
“This is great for the local economy, and it is a chance for the people of Ipswich to show visitors the friendly hospitality that this city is known for.”