The Western Region Academy of Sport (WRAS) partnered with Netball NSW to host a high level netball tournament in Orange over the October long weekend.
The 2018 Greater Bank Academy Challenge was the first of its kind in the region and welcomed athletes, coaches and officials from across the state of NSW. Eleven regional academies and one metro Sydney academy participated in the event bringing with them up to 300 pre-elite junior netballers.
Netball NSW Regional Development and Pathways Unit Manager, Mardi Aplin said the event would not be possible without the support from all the Netball NSW umpire and coach mentors – Chris Hall, Bron Adams, Emma Corefield, Anita Keelan, Maria Lunch, Lenore Blades and Abby McCulloch.
The full list of winners from the event are as follows;
Division 1 (Blue): Sydney Netball Academy 1st – Central Coast Academy of Sport 2nd
Division 1 (White): Western Region Academy of Sport 1st – Illawarra Academy of Sport 2nd
Division 2 (Red): North Coast Academy of Sport 1st – South East Sports Academy 2nd
Division 2 (Orange): Hunter Academy of Sport 1st – Illawarra Academy of Sport 2nd
Division 2 (Green): Sydney Netball Academy 1st – Western Sydney Academy of Sport 2nd
Most Valuable Players
Division 1 (Blue): Grace Korovata – Southern Sports Academy
Division 1 (White): Elizabeth Chard – Northern Inland Academy of Sport
Division 2 (Red): Charlise Cleary – South East Sports Academy
Division 2 (Orange): Janemaire Henry – South West Sydney Academy of Sport
Division 2 (Green): Clancy Best – Western Region Academy of Sport
Player of the Tournament
Sophie Fawn – Southern Sports Academy
Umpires Badged – National C Badge
Sophie Webster – Hunter Academy of Sport
Maicee Heterick – Lithgow
Umpires Badged – National B Badge
Rebecca Weekes – Dubbo
Ella Taylor – Hunter Academy of Sport
Elite Coaching Accreditation
Linda Macleod – Western Region Academy of Sport
“Thanks to Netball NSW, Greater Bank, Orange City Council, Orange PCYC and the Regional Academies of Sport for their support of this event.” – WRAS Executive Officer, Candice Boggs.