ClubsNSW Academy Games

Planning for next Academy Games already underway

Planning for next Academy Games already underway

The ClubsNSW Academy Games wrapped up on Sunday with athletes leaving the Illawarra to return to their home regions. Peter Annis-Brown of the Northern Inland Academy, who has hosted the games before, and Graham Annesley the Minister for Sport speak of the challenges and benefits of the event. The future of the Games With the […]


Younger golfers tested, but wiser after Games

Younger golfers tested, but wiser after Games

The Academy Games golf competition has come to a close at the Wollongong Golf Club today. The competitors faced a challenge after many struggled yesterday at the Links in Shellharbour. Charlie Hartwig of the Southern Sports Academy says it has been great to play on some of the local courses. “Compared to where I come […]


McCauley scores hat trick in final game.

McCauley scores hat trick in final game.

The 2012 hockey Academy games wrapped up today with Illawarra (IAS) and South West Sydney (SWSAS) playing the final matches in both the girls and boys competitions. The boys kicked things off with SWSAS centre half Kurt Devlin helping his side to a victory. Devlin was instrumental in both attack and defence, helping his team develop forward […]


NIAS wins best overall academy in cycling

NIAS wins best overall academy in cycling

                        Cycling wrapped up this morning with a nine kilometre road race at Don’s Farm, Avondale. Northern Inland riders Samuel Jenner and Dylan Sunderland took first and second place to confirm their academy’s strong showing in the debut competition. Seventeen year-old Jenner, with a […]


Coaches a clear favourite

Coaches a clear favourite

For North Inland Academy of Sport’s Nick Mccrohon the presence of rugby’s top coaches was the highlight of the 2012 ClubsNSW Academy Games. The 16 year old travelled from Tamworth for his first Academy Games. With a burning ambition to play for the NSW Waratahs, Mccrohon listened intently to every word the coaches had to […]


Dawson’s delight in rugby

Dawson's delight in rugby

Unlike many of the rugby players on show at the 2012 ClubsNSW Academy Games Joe Dawson has only been involved in rugby union for a few years. Now 16, his rapid rise in the sport began four years ago when, as a 12-year-old, he decided to follow his friends into union. Last year – just […]


Academy netball on national radar

Academy netball on national radar

Some of Australia’s netball representative teams have been scouting potential talent over the weekend’s Academy Games. Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander says the Academy Games is a great pathway for the athletes to make the leap into further representative teams. “I’ve got to be conscious of what’s happening out there at the grass roots,” says […]


Netballers benefit from training session with Australia’s best

Netballers benefit from training session with Australia's best

One of the highlights of the ClubsNSW Academy Games for junior netballers was a coaching session involving some of Australia’s best senior players and coaches. Current Australian head coach Lisa Alexander, New South Wales Swifts and Australian Institute of Sports players were in charge of the coaching sessions. The girls were divided up according to their preferred field positions, […]


Basketball results updated (day 2)

Basketball results updated (day 2)

Hockey results – Days 1 & 2 combined

Hockey results - Days 1 & 2 combined

Golfers struggle to tame Illawarra courses

Golfers struggle to tame Illawarra courses

The best young golfers in NSW have struggled over the Illawarra’s tough golf courses during the past two days. Day 1 saw golfers tee off at the Grange Course, near Unanderra.  Only eight of 66 golfers managed to break 80, with 33 scoring in the 80s, 17 in the 90s, and the remainder either failing […]


Hockey results updated – Day 2

Hockey results updated - Day 2

Golf results – Day 1 & 2

Golf results - Day 1 & 2

Hockey players selected to attend Institute of Sport camp

Hockey players selected to attend Institute of Sport camp

Seven young hockey players competing in the 2012 Academy Games have been selected to attend an upcoming NSW Institute of Sport ETS Camp. The athletes are: • Robbie McGuire (Hunter Region) • Kiara Marsh (Illawarra) • Justin Alford (North Coast) • Brittany King (Northern Inland) • Fraiser Cullen (Southern) • Alley Hanagan (South West) • […]


Hockey players with a different set of goals

Hockey players with a different set of goals

Despite the fierce competition of the academy games, many of the young hockey players believe the games are about more than sport. Greater Sydney Academy goalkeeper Lachlan Toal says the bonding with his teammates and those from the other academies is just as important as the hockey itself. “It’s tough to get to training and […]


Deans impressed with sevens, rising stars

Deans impressed with sevens, rising stars

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has spent the afternoon watching the seven a side rugby matches, taking place at the University of Wollongong. The matches begin the competition phase for rugby union players, as they compete in the ClubsNSW Academy Games. Deans cast his eye over the state’s most promising young talent and applauded the development […]


Fast, close basketball as academies match-up

Fast, close basketball as academies match-up

The second day of the Academy Games Basketball was full of excitement. The athletes showed great skill and determination in what was a series of fast and close matches. Among the clashes, the Illawarra boys went down to Southern Sports Academy 33-49, but the Illawarra girls toppled North Coast 44-22 at the Snakepit. Video and […]


Far North Coast scores six tries in sevens rugby

Far North Coast scores six tries in sevens rugby

Far North Coast produced a fantastic performance in their seven a side clash with Mid North Coast this afternoon, thumping their northern neighbours six tries to nil. Playing in the ClubsNSW Academy Games, held at the University of Wollongong, Far North Coast were too strong in the breakdown and muscled their way over the opposition […]


Netball results – Day 2

Netball results - Day 2

White encourages next generation of sports stars

White encourages next generation of sports stars

Australian representative hockey player Tristan White speaks about his experience with academies of sport at the opening of the ClubsNSW Academy Games 2012 in Wollongong. Video: KRISTINE TARBERT


SWAS girls dominate the court

SWAS girls dominate the court

Play continued on day two of the ClubsNSW Academy Games netball tournament at Shellharbour City Stadium. One of the most heated and intense matches was between South West Sydney and the Central Coast Academies. The game began with a bang right from the first pass as Central Coast dispossessed South West Sydney. Central Coast then […]


Games developing up and coming … umpires

Games developing up and coming ... umpires

The ClubsNSW Academy Games is not just about fostering and developing NSW junior athletes. It is also about developing junior officials and umpires from all the seven sports taking part in the games. Junior netball umpire Kate Dennie is taking part in her first ever Academy Games, in the Illawarra. The 14-year-old is part of […]


Hockey brings North Coast & Greater Sydney together

Hockey brings North Coast & Greater Sydney together

Warm-up: North Coast Academy of Sport hockey players Bianca Sedger, 15, Emilia Blanch, 16, Ashley Danvers, 15, Sophie Mcdonogh, 17, & Cass Osland, 15, warm-up before their clash with Greater Sydney Hockey Academy at the University of Wollongong.


NIAS prove too skilful for IAS boys in the Hockey

NIAS prove too skilful for IAS boys in the Hockey

Day two of the ClubsNSW Academy Games hockey tournament played host to a country vs coast game at Croome Road Hockey Complex in Albion Park. Northern Inland Academy (NIAS) played against local team the Illawarra Academy (IAS) in the boys’ hockey tournament. The Illawarra Academy started out hard straight from the opening whistle as the […]