The Central Coast Academy of Sport congratulates the Central Coast Heart with their recent stunning success in winning the Open division of the NSW Premier League Competition on Wednesday evening in Sydney at Netball Central. The Central Coast Heart is the Premier Netball team on the Central Coast with the Open’s Team now State Champions.
The three local netball associations Wyong, Gosford and Woy Woy had a vision to enter a team into Netball NSW Premier League. In 2014 the Heart bid was successful in gaining a license, the Heart was the only non-metropolitan team to gain entry to the competition. History will now show that bid has resulted in Central Coast Heart winning the competition in commanding fashion.
The Heart played an almost faultless game against Eastwood Ryde Netball Association, winning 60-55. It’s often said in sport you can’t win a game in the first quarter, but you can lose a game. This proved accurate as the 18-11 first quarter score line in the Heart’s favour was unable to be overcome by ERNA. Quarters 2, 3 and 4 were all within one point, meaning the Heart secured victory and are now Premier League Champions.
On hearing the news Ian Robilliard, the CCAS Managing Director said of the victory: “All credit to the Heart and the many people who had a vision for Netball for our region. It’s great to see the pathway for athletes and coaches to develop in this sport be realised with this win. I see Amber and Gima as two highly proficient coaches gain valuable experience in the Academy program to now be coaching in this League. They have been able to apply their skills and impart their knowledge to a great group of athletes many of whom also progressed thought the Central Coast Academy of Sport. We have links with Matt Cranney and Brett Doring at Coast Sport and Manager Di Selby has been there from the start as well. This is a great result for Netball and a great result for the commitment shown by the local associations. All round this is a huge victory for sport for our region, well done to all involved”.