26 April 2024

Netballers banking on getting to state titles, thanks to funding support

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Team of netballers.

Shoalhaven Netball Association celebrated all of its junior teams making it to the top four in last year’s state titles. Photo: Supplied.

Kiama and Shoalhaven netballers are banking on new funding support to help them bring home state titles later this year.

Both Kiama and Shoalhaven Netball Associations will have teams making the trip to Sydney to battle out the state titles, with the seniors hitting the court in June followed by the juniors during the July school holidays.

In a boost to their chances, the Greater Bank has signed up to provide funding to both associations for another year.

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The Shoalhaven Association will be celebrating its first full season on brand-new courts and will be aiming for even stronger representative results after all junior teams secured a top four finish last year.

Association president Kathy Rembisz said the Greater’s sponsorship would help pay for new marquees and new netballs for the representative program.

“We were very happy with our results last year, and hope to move up a division for 2024 where we know we will be competitive and grow even stronger,” she said.

Netball team on court.

One of Kiama’s teams prepare for action. Photo: Supplied.

With both their junior competition and representative player numbers increasing, Kiama Netball Association (KNA) will use the sponsorship to ensure all players are able to attend the state titles.

KNA President Michelle Gregory said the association wanted to ensure representative opportunities were not out of reach for their players.

“State titles are such fun weekends and supporting a fun and positive culture is a real focus for KNA,” Ms Gregory said.

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“The rising cost of living is making it harder for representative players to participate fully in the program though, so Greater Bank’s support will offset the cost of travelling to the titles.”

Greater Bank Shellharbour Branch Manager Hayley Oppert said helping netballers learn and grow was a great source of pride for the organisation.

“Selection into a representative team is a wonderful achievement for a young netballer, and having access to the right equipment and support is an important part of getting the most from that opportunity,” Mrs Oppert said.

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