Ipswich is preparing to host another major netball carnival.
Ipswich is preparing to host another major netball carnival. David Nielsen

Major netball boost for Ipswich

THE Ipswich Netball Association has been chosen to host next year's State Age Championships.

The championships, from July 7-10, will be contested by age groups from 12 and under to 15 and under.

The Doris Howes courts at Limestone Park will come alive with two age groups playing matches in the morning and two in the afternoon.

Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark was excited about next year's competition returning to Ipswich.

"Ipswich Netball Association have a rich history hosting State Age,'' Clark said.

"We've been eager to return to the region since the titles were last hosted there in 2013.

"The new split competition format will deliver the most efficient championship in history.

"Athletes will spend more time on court and less time waiting between games.''

Clark said Netball Queensland's Competitions Strategy Group had worked hard on the new championship format to deliver the best possible experience for juniors.

"It provides a great opportunity for our netball community to experience the many exciting off-court experiences we have in store and the fantastic sights Ipswich has to offer,'' she said.

Nominations for State Age will open to netball associations in the near future.

Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said sport was in the DNA of Ipswich.

"Our junior programs have produced some of Australia's elite athletes, and the facilities which will host 240 teams and 2400 players next year are second to none,” Cr Antoniolli said.

"Ipswich is very proud to host the best netballers in Queensland who - during their time here - will score more than 30,000 goals.

"There is no doubt some future champions of Australian netball will be among these players.

"This is great for the local economy, and it is a chance for the people of Ipswich to show visitors the friendly hospitality that this city is known for.”

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