HUNDREDS of budding young netballers will converge on Shepparton in 2018 when Netball Victoria’s State Titles competition come to the city, bringing with it an estimated $1M economic injection.
The weekend competition, running from October 6 and 7, is one of the biggest in the netball calendar and is expected to attract around 600 players, more than 200 officials and 500 plus spectators.
Netball Victoria CEO, Rosie King said as the state governing body for the sport, Netball Victoria was excited about the competition’s new location for 2018.
“The state titles provide a terrific opportunity for all of Victoria’s regions to come together and compete in 15/U, 17/U, Open and All Abilities divisions. This is a huge weekend of netball and we are really excited to be taking the state titles to Shepparton for the first time in 2018,” King said.
“I think locals will really support this great competition and it will be especially nice for any local players to have a home crowd to cheer them on.
“In 2017 we saw record participation numbers for the State Titles, with 630 players participating, so there is no doubt the competition will also benefit the city of Shepparton from an economic perspective too, which is great,” King said.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe said, “Securing this event continues our tradition of hosting high profile netball events in partnership with Netball Victoria, including last year’s visit of the Melbourne Vixens and Adelaide Thunderbirds preseason challenge, where both games were fully sold out, and the upcoming Beach Netball next February where we will be building a beach at the Victoria Park Lake.”