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Panthers Premier

League Netball

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2022 will be the 8th year of competition.

Netball NSW introduced the Premier League competition to provide an additional pathway between association netball and State netball competition.  In 2013 Netball NSW invited submissions from NSW Netball affiliated Associations to enter two teams into this elite competition.  Following discussion at Penrith Netball, we invited Blue Mountains Netball Association and Hawkesbury District Netball Association to join us in a combined submission for a franchise named “Panthers Premier League Netball”.  Penrith Netball had earlier discussions with the directors of Panthers Rugby Leagues Club, who had endorsed our submission for support and to create a partnership.

The original franchises were:

Panthers, Manly Warringah Saphires, GWS Fury (Blacktown, Baulkham Hills), ERNA Hawks (Eastwood Ryde), North Shore United (Kuring-gai, Northern Suburbs), Sutherland Stingrays, UTS Randwick Sparks, Central Coast Heart (Gosford, Woy Woy, Wyong).

In 2020 two more franchises were added to the Premier League Competition – one from ACT – Capital Spirit and one from the Illawarra region - South Coast Blaze – Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Kiama. 

In the inaugural year of Premier League Netball, our Under 20s team finished in top position and gave us much promise for the future.  The Under 20s team was changed to Under 23s in 2020.

2020 and 2021 were both interrupted by Covid with shortened seasons.   2020 started late and 2021 did not finish.  With the success of our junior players in Penrith Netball over recent years, we have a very bright future at Premier League level, which is exciting for netball in our area. 

Premier League was established to give a pathway to players into State and Australian teams and we are already showing results in this area by having an Australian player who also plays for the Swifts plus other players either in State teams or talent squads for State Teams.

2022 will be the final year of the initial franchise. It is envisaged that we will submit an additional proposal for future inclusion in this competition.

An Introduction to Panthers Premier League Netball

Joy Gillett OAM

Joy Gillett OAM

Chair

Penrith District Netball

Tracy Chalk

Tracy Chalk

Director

Hawkesbury City Netball

Viv Bertenshaw

Viv Bertenshaw

Director

Hawkesbury City Netball

Tracey Arnold

Tracey Arnold

Director

Blue Mountains Netball

Jenny Walker

Jenny Walker

Director

Blue Mountains Netball

Lynn Deuis

Lynn Deuis

Director

Penrith District Netball

Tricia Mann

Tricia Mann

Director

Penrith District Netball

Barry Olsen

Barry Olsen

Director

Penrith District Netball

Our Committee

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High Performance Manager

Lisa Beehag packed a lot into her international career, which spanned a little over three years in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

She was a last minute call-up to Australia’s 1987 Netball World Cup team to replace the injured Michelle den Dekker (nee Fielke). Beehag also played at the 1989 World Games in Germany and captained Australia on a tour of China in 1990.

Once her playing days ended, Beehag turned her attention to coaching starting at the Australian Institute of Sport and was an assistant coach with the Australian team for six years between 1997-2003.

 

After stints coaching overseas in Canada and Singapore, Beehag returned to Australia and coached the NSW Swifts for two seasons (2012-2013) in the ANZ Championship.

In 2015 Panthers Premier League Netball were pleased to announce that Lisa Beehag would be the coach of the Open team in 2016.  She has been a part of the Panther family ever since.

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