This weekend, saw thousands of grassroots netballers come together to represent their Netball Association in what was a highly anticipated Junior State Titles tournament. Having been cancelled the last two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 was set to be the first time for many young netballers across all three age groups who would for the first time experience Junior State Titles.
It was also the first year that a boys division would be included after a decision by Netball NSW to be more inclusive of male playing pathways as part of their player pathways.
Hunter Associations were represented well across all age categories, with all Associations reporting on a positive day one experience, despite the rain as netballers where just excited to be back together and playing at the State Titles, hosted this year by Penrith Netball Association (Divisions 1, 2 and Boys) and Baulkham Hills Netball Association (Divisions 3 and 4).
Callaghan District Netball Association
Callaghan on court at Baulkham Hills up against Blue Mountains Netball in what was a great game on day one.
Cessnock and District Netball Association
Cessnock Netball had some outstanding results on day one of the State Titles with:
Under 12’s came away with 5 wins from 5 games.
Under 13’s 6 wins from 6 games with some very high scores.
Under 14’s only dropped one game coming away with 4 wins from 5 games.
Charlestown Netball Association
The girls enjoyed Day 1 of the Junior State Titles, although it was wet, wet, wet! Loads of fun and excitement, and some good games played.
Gosford Netball Association
Day 1 was tough, pouring rain, mud, and puddles on and off the court. But nothing could dampen the spirits of our girls at their first State Titles. The girls from Gosford also made the most of day two cancellation with some great bonding activities and fun to keep spirits high.
Hunter Boys were really excited not only about the 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss on day one but the opportunity to meet former Manly great Steve Menzies who took the time to stop by their tent and wish them a great weekend of netball, and even shared a few coaching tips of his own with the boys.
At the end of day one Hunter Boys were second on the competition ladder.
Kurri Kurri Netball Association
What an amazing 1st day at Hart junior state titles for all KKNA junior teams. All teams UNDEFEATED after day 1. So proud of you all girls, keep up the momentum & intensity, love seeing those smiles.
Lakeside Netball Association
Junior State Titles started well with Lakeside Netball winning the nut bush dance off, at the Penrith courts.
The 12’s, 13’s and 14’s got to play some fantastic netball for Saturday and finished the day in great positions.
And whilst the weather gods weren’t kind on Sunday and the day was cancelled. It didn’t stop our team spirit, together the girls watched the Suncorp Super Netball Grand final and headed to bed in hope of hitting the courts on Monday - but instead were woken at 1am under evacuation orders. Great work to all at Lakeside who successfully evacuated all of the group and returned them safely home today. What an experience one they will never forget.
Maitland Netball Association
The girls from Maitland were all smiles on day one, ready for a great day of netball. with some great games played they were proud of there days efforts and excited for the remainder of the weekend.
Muswellbrook Netball Association
13's and 14's Rep Teams hit the road to Sydney for the HART Junior State Titles - Baulkham Hills Shire.
They started their morning with a team photo with the NSW Swifts, then both teams took the courts and, although the weather worsened as the day went on, both our teams finished day 1 (of 3) with a LOT of positives to take with them, ready to move into day 2 with confidence and pride!
13's - 3W - 1D - 1L (9th/17) 14's - 4W - 0D - 1L (3rd/20)
Nelson Bay Netball Association
Day one was a strong start for the Bay 12s and 13s both winning all games on day one, whilst their 14 also had a highly successful day.
The teams are already thinking about the unfinished business ahead of next years State Titles.
Newcastle Netball Association
Newcastle Netball had a full contingent of teams out for the 2022 Junior State Titles and were ready for a big weekend of netball. With some mixed results on day one in Championship Division the teams put all effort into every game they played in such wet conditions.
Port Stephens Netball Association
Port Stephens 13s and 14s were set for a big weekend of netball and after day ones games were sitting middle of the pack on their respective ladders. They put in some strong performance on the court and were all set for a big next two days but that wasn't to be.
Scone and District Netball Association
Scone 13s and 14s were all set for a big weekend of netball and with some really strong day one performances they were set for a great weekend of games.
With Scone 14s at the top of the ladder at the end of day one there was so much promise of more results to come.
Singleton Netball Association
This was Singletons Junior teams first taste of Junior State titles in 3 years and you certainly did Singleton and your sponsors proud, playing in the rain, wind and cold conditions on day one.
Unfortunately for all involved days 2 and 3 were cancelled as a result of the severe weather events but the teams certainly did the community of Singleton proud.
Westlakes Netball Association
Westlakes Netball players had their chance to take to the courts in what was a wet day one of netball. It really was a great day of netball despite the rain with some good on court performances.
Woy Woy Peninsula Netball Association
They were ready to play a full 3 days of netball.......unfortunately due to extreme weather conditions Netball NSW had to make the difficult decision to cancel games.
With some great games on the court, WWPNA took day two to enjoy some trivia and brush up on the rules of netball before heading safely home on day 3.
Wyong District Netball Association
After a very wet day one Wyong teams were off to a great start!
12s 5 wins and 1 loss = 4th 13s 6wins = Equal 1st 14s 4 wins 2 losses = 8th
Whilst the 2022 Junior State Titles didn't quite go as planned our thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted by the severe weather event this weekend. And we the netballers of the Hunter will come back bigger and stronger in 2023.