The Hunter Academy of Sport have confirmed they will be taking over the ownership and management of the only Hunter-based Dooley’s Metro League Netball team and will begin operation under a new team name – Hunter Netball.
This statement coincides with the opening of nominations for the renamed 2019 Metro League teams, with the Hunter Academy of Sport calling for applications for athletes and coaching staff via their website.
The Academy are also on the lookout for corporate sponsors of the team, with all major properties and partnerships available.
Metro League is one of the elite netball competitions in New South Wales, offering weekly competition for the state’s most talented netballers, coaches, umpires and administrators.
Hunter Netball will have two teams in the Metro League, with early indications from Netball NSW and 2018 placings indicating a spot in both division one and division four for 2019 .
“Excitement is very high surrounding the launch of these new teams. We believe this will continue the pathway for the region’s elite athletes and will provide a great environment for talented netballers to apply their trade with much less travel and time commitments,” Hunter Academy of Sport CEO Brett O’Farrell said.
“We see the team as a full representation of the region’s netball associations and many benefits will flow back to their members through high performance player and coach education sessions.”
A trial date of Sunday, December 9 has been confirmed for interested athletes.
Hunter United have previously been a successful brand in the Metro League, leveraging opportunity for regional athletes to compete against their metropolitan counterparts.
This partnership with the Hunter Academy of Sport will provide Hunter Netball with credibility as they continue to create a strong team and open the pathway for the next Premier League bid.
For more information and to nominate as an athlete or coach please visit www.hunteracademy.org.au/hunter-netball.
Potential sponsors are also invited to contact the Hunter Academy office.