Nine years in, the HeartKids Cup means as much to Mardi Aplin as it did in its first year.
What started as a city against country exhibition game has become a destination preseason competition for premier league and state squads, all the while raising money and awareness for HeartKids.
The tournament, which runs on Saturday and Sunday, will host 11 sides across two divisions from Sydney, the ACT and an Orange side.
Six sides will be in division one while five - including several NSW and ACT development squads - will line up in the second division of the preseason competition.
Orange will line up in the second division, and Aplin - who's the tournament coordinator and the Netball NSW regional performance and pathways manager - said it would interesting to see how they go.
"They had training last night and I couldn't get there but I think they were a bit rusty," she said laughing.
"It's very preseason, we're very behind the eight ball where the state leagues have begun training and the premier league teams are doing strength and conditioning stuff."
Some of Orange's younger talent including Em Brisbane, Madi Cole and Millie Wilcox will line up in the tournament, which will be held at the PCYC.
However, the results aren't often the focus of the preseason warmup, with sides aiming to get themselves some run in the legs and clearing out the cobwebs - but more importantly helping out the Heart Kids charity.
Aplin said some of the premier leagues put together some GoFundMe pages for the event.
"There are a lot of netballers over the years who've come through this tournament and now know about HeartKids, and spreading that awareness is what we're really looking to do," she said.
Games begin at 11.30am on Saturday and 8.30am on Sunday, with presentations to be held around 2pm.
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