The Lake Macquarie economy and the popular game of netball will be the big benefactors when the 19th annual Koori Netball Tournament is played out over Saturday and Sunday at the Jack Stewart Netball Centre in Whitebridge.

Played under the banner of the Department of Sport and Recreation and hosted by Charlestown Netball Association, the competition is expected to attract over 1,000 players of all ages for the men, women and mixed competitions.

Players will arrive in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle on Friday, October 26 from the Metropolitan region, Castlereagh, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, South Coast, North Coast and as far away as Broken Hill, bringing a huge filip to the local accommodation, dining venues and other tourism based businesses.

President of Charlestown Netball, Di Pascoe, said the tournament, which attracted 9 teams in its first year, will bring no less than 103 teams in its 19th year, a mixture of junior and senior players. “This is huge for the local economy with an estimated 3 to 4,000 people converging on the region for a 2 to 3 night stay.”

“It is an amazing tournament filled with highly skilled netballers who simply want to have fun and mix socially,” said Mrs Pascoe.

Prior to the first games commencing at 10am on Saturday there will be an official opening attended by Charlestown MP Jodi Harrison, the Director of Netball NSW, Mr Vince Deluca and other official guests.

Of course the opening will be highlighted by a ‘Call to Country’ for what is a truly indigenous event.