Major net­ball boost for Ip­swich

State Age Cham­pi­onships re­turn­ing to Lime­stone Park

The Queensland Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

THE Ip­swich Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has been cho­sen to host next year’s State Age Cham­pi­onships.

The cham­pi­onships, from July 7-10, will be con­tested by age groups from 12 and under to 15 and under.

The Doris Howes courts at Lime­stone Park will come alive with two age groups play­ing matches in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Net­ball Queens­land CEO Cather­ine Clark was ex­cited about next year’s com­pe­ti­tion re­turn­ing to Ip­swich.

“Ip­swich Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion have a rich his­tory host­ing State Age,’’ Clark said.

“We’ve been ea­ger to re­turn to the re­gion since the ti­tles were last hosted there in 2013.

“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.’’

Clark said Net­ball Queens­land’s Com­pe­ti­tions Strat­egy Group had worked hard on the new cham­pi­onship for­mat to de­liver the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for ju­niors.

“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,’’ she said.

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,” Cr An­to­niolli 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.”

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