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Hunter netballers take to the court with Greater support

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The Newcastle Netball Association (NNA) will enter the 2023 season with an extra spring in its step this weekend.

On the eve of the first round, Greater Bank has announced its continued support of the organisation, putting its name to the Greater Bank NNA Tri Series again.

The competition was established in 2020, whereby points are awarded to teams across all three grades based on their regular results throughout the year.

Two-time winners and defending champions South Newcastle is expected to face stiff opposition from the likes of BNC, The Junction, Kotara, Nova, University, Waratah and Wests Leagues clubs.

Greater Bank’s support of Newcastle Netball Association now spans more than two decades, with this year’s naming rights sponsorship playing a pivotal role in player and pathway development.

NNA president Cheryl Hernando commended the financial institution for its ongoing backing of netball in not only Newcastle, but also the Hunter.

“Greater Bank’s long-term investment in our sport in this region is invaluable,” she said.

“This enduring partnership enables us to work towards providing a pathway for our juniors through to elite players, and an opportunity for our small clubs to survive and thrive.

“The depth of talent across the Greater Bank NNA Tri Series continues to improve, too, with the 2023 season featuring eight very competitive clubs taking part in the championship, open and under-23 divisions.

“Additionally, within these organisations we have 21 players also lining up in the Sydney-based Premier League comp, while two of our umpires also travel to Sydney each week to officiate in that format.

“We recently had seven members participate in the Australian Titles as well.

“This not only demonstrates the quality of talent we have here in Newcastle, but also the success of our pathways that have been created with the support of Greater Bank.”

Greater Bank’s chief distribution officer Emma Brokate said the customer-owned bank was again proud to assist grassroots netball in this region… and beyond.

“This is by far our longest running community partnership and one that sets the foundations for our support of netball,” she explained.

“Newcastle Netball Association is one of 20 we back across our area of operation.

“Our commitment to the sport also extends to supporting regional pathways through the sponsorship of the Hunter, Central Coast and Western Region Academies of Sport.”

The first round starts at National Park, Newcastle, on Saturday 29 April, with the 2022 grand final rematch between Wests Leagues Balance and University (court 6), while Junction Stella lines up against Waratah Cats (court 7), Kotara South Tigers takes on BNC Whanau QWH (court 8) and Nova Thunder plays Souths Lions (court 9).

All games get underway at 2.30pm.

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