Bundy nets a state title
BUNDABERG Netball Association is putting the region on the map after winning the rights to host a state title.
Netball Queensland yesterday announced that Bundaberg will hold the Samsung Primary Schools Cup on September 15-16.
It will be the first time in years the region has hosted a state event and the first at the Super Park since it opened after the 2013 floods.
The Queensland cup was held in Ipswich in 2016 and 2017.
The event is expected to host more than 1000 children from 100-plus schools, with students in Years 4-6 competing.
"We're over the moon,” BNA president Anthony Lewis said.
"We've worked closely with the Bundaberg Regional Council and they've been fantastic support.
"We're rapt to host it.”
Lewis said the process took six months to complete, with Netball Queensland inspecting the local facilities, including new courts built in the past 12 months.
He hoped the region impressed at the event.
"If we can do that, there will be more opportunities to host state titles down the line.”
Lewis said it was a good opportunity for Bundy schools to get on board with the sport.
"Every school can put two teams together, so we hope at least one from every school here can compete,” he said.
"(Last year) was low in numbers from Bundaberg, so we hope to increase numbers.”
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey said the cup would provide a major boost to the region.
"(The) council and our community is 100 per cent behind this partnership,” he said.
"With an estimated 4500 bed nights generated, the tourism, accommodation and hospitality industries especially stand to reap huge direct rewards from this initiative.”