Hunter United, buoyed by its strong showing in netball’s Metro League, will apply to join the NSW Premier League from 2018.
Hunter rejoined state competition last year and performed above expectations to win the Sydney-based Metro League division-two grand final and earn promotion to division one.
Now the region’s peak side hope to replace one of the eight teams in the state’s elite competition, Central Coast Heart, Eastwood-Ryde Hawks, GWS Fury, Manly-Warringah Sapphires, North Shore United, Panthers, Sutherland Stingrays and UTS St George Sparks.
“A lot of our players over the years have been siphoned up out to the Sydney metropolitan teams,” Hunter United president Dell Saunders said. “We certainly have the talent here, and we’d love to see them still represent the Hunter.”
Saunders said Hunter would lodge an expression of interest with Netball NSW for entry into Premier League and would work hard to satisfy all the governing body’s criteria.
Hunter United will start their Metro League division-one season next month and have also entered a second team in division four.