NETBALL NSW coach development coordinator Di Brown has predicted the strength of the inaugural Inter-Regional State League competition won by Orange last weekend will significantly improve in 2014.
Wilson was on hand throughout the 2013 tournament, held at Lidcombe starting last Saturday, and labelled the concept a “success” following Orange’s 69-36 win over Illawarra 15s in the final.
With a number of A grade netball grand finals held last weekend across country parts of the state, scheduling was the biggest hurdle in getting every region represented at the inaugural inter-regional challenge.
That, however, is a scenario Brown believes will be avoided next season.
“This was the first one and it’s impressive to have all bar two regions. That won’t be an issue next year,” Brown said, with Hunter and the Riverina the two regions absent.
Orange represented the West-Central West region having claimed an 18th straight state league crown this year, while Lismore (Far North Coast), Illawarra (South Coast), Glen Innes (Northern Inland) and Coffs Harbour (North Coast) were all on deck.
“It’s exciting, the buzz on the court, I think all of the teams were chuffed they were receiving the same sort of treatment all of our metropolitan state league sides enjoy,” Brown added.
On hand to help mentor each region’s state league coach, Brown said it was a tremendous achievement for Orange to be crowned the inaugural champions.
She added the inter-regional competition has the potential to develop into a big draw card for teams in country NSW.
“The quality of the tournament was fantastic. Orange was fantastic,” she said.
Brown has had the opportunity to travel the state with her position at Netball NSW, and each time she’s ventured to the Central West the region’s coaches have amazed her with their netball philosophies.
That was again the case last weekend.
“I was impressed with the coaches. I was impressed with their knowledge,” she said.