Netball is the largest team sport in Australia, played by over 1.2 million men, women and children all over the country. It’s also the number one participation sport for Australian girls.
Hunter Netball is a grouping of Associations from the Hunter Region who support more than 17,500 members. Hunter Netball also accommodates players from the North Coast, Far North Coast, West/Central West and Northern Inland area, potentially increasing the membership reach to over 35,000 members.
A not-for-profit whose income and property is applied solely towards the promotion and process of providing pathways for Hunter Netballers aged 16 years and above to engage in Netball NSW Metro League Competitions, as well as offering a pathway for coaches, managers, bench officials and umpires. With the aim to progress to a Premier League team in future years.
Metro League is one of the premier netball competitions in New South Wales, offering week in, week out competitions of for the State’s most talented players and officials, leveraging opportunities for regional athletes to compete against their metropolitan counterparts.
Premier League is the pinnacle netball competition in NSW, showcasing the best current and emerging talent within NSW. It offers local, elite platform for players, coaches, officials and Administrators bridging opportunities into the Australian Netball League, and the pathway to Suncorp Super Netball. Ten teams face off each week in Opens and Under 23s as part of the elite competition, which is live streamed each week.
Hunter Netball has also led the inclusion of boys and men netball, as part of the Netball NSW ground-breaking development for the game. Netball NSW announced that the 2022 HART Junior and Senior State Titles will include male divisions for the first time.
Hunter Netball is leading the need for indoor infrastructure development in the Hunter Region to open up more elite netball pathways.
Hunter Netball has gone back to the colours of the Hunter Jaegers, and it is hoped that one day into the future the Hunter is again represented in what is now known as Suncorp Super Netball.
Hunter Jaegers were an Australian netball team that represented Netball New South Wales in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy. Together with Sydney Swifts and Sydney Sandpipers, they were one of three teams to represent Netball New South Wales in the competition. Hunter Jaegers made their debut in 2004 and continued to play in the competition until its 2007 after which the Commonwealth Bank Trophy was replaced by the ANZ Championship, and the Jaegers and Swifts merged to form New South Wales Swifts.
Many of the Hunter’s grassroot association players have worked their way through the pathways to play at the highest level of Netball in Australia.