In a major coup for the Hunter sporting community, Maitland will host the 2023 Netball NSW Senior State Titles.
Thousands of netballers from throughout NSW are expected to vie for titles – across the opens (Div 1), under-17 and under-15 divisions one and two – when the event lands at Maitland Park from Saturday 10 June to Monday 12 June.
Newcastle will stage the remaining categories.
The sport has recently undergone a big transformation in Maitland, thanks to a rejuvenation of the precinct jointly funded by the NSW Government, Maitland City Council and Maitland Netball Association.
Worth about $3 million in total, the works featured the construction of a new amenities facility and the resurfacing and floodlighting of the venue’s 32 courts.
Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold was delighted to attract an event of this calibre to the region.
“Netball boasts one of the highest participation rates of any sport in Maitland,” he said.
“So, to entice some of the state’s best to our city for a weekend is exciting for so many people across the district.
“Council, in partnership with Maitland Netball Association and the NSW Government, has dedicated a lot of time and money to improve the quality of these facilities.
“It’ll be fantastic to have the chance to showcase that hard work to the people of NSW.
“Bringing this tournament to town shows our desire as a city to bid for and attract significant national and regional events to Maitland.
“I know many of our local businesses will look forward to the traffic over a holiday weekend.”
Netball NSW executive general manager of community and pathways Tim Fava was equally enthused.
“Maitland Netball Association (MNA), who last year celebrated its 75th anniversary, has been stalwarts of our game for decades,” he said.
“It’s fitting they’ve been awarded hosting rights alongside Newcastle.
“MNA, working closely with council and the NSW Government, was instrument in securing $1 million in funding for the Maitland Park courts, so participants can expect top class facilities when they arrive from all over the state.
“It is very important that we, as an organisation, make the continued effort to bring events like our NSW Titles to regional areas as often as we can.
“No other sport in Australia has a nationwide footprint like netball, which is prominent in every community, big and small.
“That we are able to return to the Hunter next year shows the benefits of local councils and state governments investing in local sports facilities.
“On top of this, Maitland and the wider Hunter region is one of the most beautiful parts of Australia.
“I encourage everyone attending the Senior State Titles to make the most of their trip and experience everything it has to offer.”