Pine Rivers to host largest ever Nissan State Age Championship

The Moreton Bay Region will welcome 233 junior netball teams and more than 2330 players from across Queensland for the annual Nissan State Age Championship at Pine Rivers Netball Association from Wednesday 5 July 2017.

Teams from under 12 to under 15 will do battle over five days to be crowned the state’s best in a competition considered the pinnacle of junior representative netball.

Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark said the carnival showcased the best of the netball community.
“State Age is a fantastic opportunity for the associations to compete, share knowledge and have plenty of fun as part of our big netball family,” Clark said.

“It’s the competition our associations get most excited about. For many of our girls this is their first experience of representative netball. There is so much pride entrenched in wearing your association’s badge on your dress.

“This year will be our biggest tournament ever, held over five days and featuring a record number of teams and athletes. The move to a five-day competition is in line with our commitment to providing access and participation opportunities to as many girls as possible from all over the state.

“As well as the on-court fun, it is about opportunities to make friendships and memories off court that will last a lifetime.”

The 43 netball associations taking part will turn Pine Rivers Netball Association into a pseudo tent city until the end of play on Sunday, with 1570 games to be played across the tournament.For the first time ever, every team in each age group will receive an overall ranking in the tournament.

“As opposed to previous years where associations nominated into grades, this year all teams start on an equal footing, and move through to their finals pools, depending on their results,” Clark said.

“Final finishing positions will give associations and teams an opportunity to map their progress year-on-year as well as allow Netball Queensland to acknowledge high performers and most improved teams. It will nurture the healthy on-court rivalries many of our associations share.

“I’m looking forward to getting out across the courts and watching our next generation of superstars enjoying their netball.”
Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds stars Mahalia Cassidy, Caitlyn Nevins, Jemma Mi Mi and Gretel Tippett will be joined by Sunshine Coast Lightning players Laura Scherian, Steph Wood, Maddie McAuliffe, Caitlin Bassett and Kelsey Brown to meet players across the week.

An awesome array of food vans and live entertainment will headline the Samsung Chill Out Zone, which will also include activations from Nissan, SPORTFIRST, Suncorp, Channel 9, Samsung, AVJennings, Hit105, Lorna Jane and Inferno Sports.

Fast facts

• 233 teams from all over Queensland will take part.
• More than 2330 players will take to the court.
• 1570 games will be played across the three days.
• More than 31,400 goals will be scored.
• Up to 5000 players, officials, family and supporters will descend on Pine Rivers throughout the event.
• Cairns Netball Association will travel the furthest of any Queensland side taking part – 1600 kilometres.
• Southern Fusion from Meeniyan, Victoria will make a special trip to compete at the tournament and will travel 1800 kilometres to compete.