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Tri Series wraps up huge Newcastle netball season

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National Park is expected to be a sea of colour when the Newcastle Netball Association (NNA) hosts the 2023 Greater Bank Tri Series this weekend.

The showpiece event on the club’s calendar, to be played on Saturday 16 September, will feature University of Newcastle, West Leagues Balance and Nova Storm in three grades: championship, open and under-23s.

Junior matches are scheduled to begin from 8am, with the major deciders locked in from noon.

Under-23 captains Krystal Lowe (West Leagues Balance 3) and Laura Stackman (University 3).

University will boast a presence in all three grand finals, facing West Leagues Balance in both championship and under-23s.

Nova Storm stands between uni and glory in the open division.

NNA president Cheryl Hernando commended all participants in 2023.

“We’re expecting three matches of the highest quality for the simple reason that all eight clubs that competed in the Greater Bank NNA Tri Series gave us such a wonderful season of netball,” she said.

“University 1 won the major semi-final in extra-time, forcing South Lions to face off against West League Balance 1 in the prelim last Saturday.

“That was another tight game, with Wests prevailing only by the one goal.

“It could have gone either way and sets the championship grand final up to be one very exciting match.

Championships skippers Karlie Quinn (University 1) and Emma Prince (West Leagues Balance 1).

“Both teams have homegrown players who play in the state’s Premier League competition in Sydney.

“Sabina Gomboso and Millie Tonkin from University 1 represent North Shore United and Manly Warringah Sapphires respectively.

“Savannah Angelozzi, Ella Butcher, Samantha Chicken and Jemma Lucas from West Leagues Balance 1 have all been playing for Central Coast Heart.

“I’d like to take this time to thank Greater Bank for its long-term investment in our sport.

“Their backing enables us to provide a pathway for our juniors through to elite players… and an opportunity for our small clubs to thrive.”

Open rivals Maddie Scullion (University 2) and Tahlia Henry (Nova Storm).

Greater Bank’s support of NNA now spans more than two decades, with this ongoing partnership playing a pivotal role in player and pathway development.

“We’re proud to help ensure spectators have an amazing game-day experience all-round,” head of retail David Baker said.

“The atmosphere is set to be full of excitement, with a grandstand installed to enable all in attendance have spectacular sightlines, which will be supplemented by a big screen to see the action up-close.

“Those watching from home, via the live-stream on YouTube, will receive commentary of the game, too.

“While the most exciting action will obviously be taking place on the court, we want to ensure younger fans are entertained throughout the day, so there will also be face painting and food trucks.

“So, we can’t wait to see the stands packed with cheering fans, showing these top-class athletes all the support they so richly deserve, having made it through to the grand final of the Hunter’s premier netball competition.”

Greater Bank NNA Tri Series grand finals

Saturday 16 September at National Park, Newcastle

3pm: Championship

  • University 1 v West Leagues Balance 1

1.30pm: Open

  • Nova Storm v University 2

Noon: Under-23s

  • West Leagues Balance v University 3

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