Net­ball play­ers en­ter new league

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport -

NET­BALL WA will launch a brand new Metro League in early 2019.

Un­der the new league, met­ro­pol­i­tan and coun­try as­so­ci­a­tions from around the state will com­pete against each other at the State Net­ball Cen­tre and Perth Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion on Fri­day nights.

More than 50 teams are ex­pected to com­pete in the U14, U16, U18 and open di­vi­sions.

The new com­pe­ti­tion has been cre­ated to sup­port the West Aus­tralian Net­ball League.

Net­ball WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Tay­lor said the sport was go­ing through some ex­cit­ing trans­for­ma­tions.

“Metro League will play an im­por­tant role in net­ball ce­ment­ing its po­si­tion as the lead­ing sport for women and girls in WA,” he said.

“Net­ball is the largest fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion sport in WA and this com­pe­ti­tion will be crit­i­cal in the de­vel­op­ment of our ath­letes so that we have more West Aus­tralians rep­re­sent­ing West Coast Fever, and ul­ti­mately the Aus­tralian Di­a­monds.

“The League will op­er­ate with a clear pur­pose to bridge the gap between club net­ball and the WA Net­ball League and I am con­fi­dent that the stan­dard will be of the high­est qual­ity.”

The Metro League com­pe­ti­tion will be held from Fe­bru­ary to April.

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