Success For Western Sydney At AIYG

The last week of the school holidays saw the Academy’s netball and softball squads head to the Hunter region to participate in the annual Australian Invitational Youth Games hosted by the Hunter Academy of Sport. The games saw squads come from all over the state and internationally to compete in a tournament style competition.

The netball squad made their way to Maitland for the opening ceremony on Wednesday 12 July which rolled into three days of quality competition. After heading to the Central Coast in April for the ClubsNSW Academy Games, this was the second time the group would compete against the other Regional Academies of Sport. We demonstrated the quality of Western Sydney with both the Division 1 and 2 teams finishing first past the post, with Matisse Letherbarrow taking out MVP for the Western Sydney Division 1 team and Monique Clifton taking out MVP for the Division 2 team. Mentored by a fantastic coaching and management group, lead by long-serving Head Coach Heather Smith, the athletes displayed their obvious development and improvement during their time in the Academy’s netball program.

On Saturday we made our way over to Stevenson Park in Mayfield West where both the male and female softball squads competed in two days of competition. Our female squad had the opportunity to compete against teams that had travelled from the USA, a unique opportunity that provided great competition. Both squads powered through the games both entering the finals with excitement and determination. The girls team came up against the home academy in the Hunter Academy of Sport to take the top spot. The girls did not waiver and won the game 5 points to 2 in a great display of team work and grit. Our boys squad played off in a local derby taking on the South West Sydney Academy of Sport in the final and after a gutsy performance came out second best to the SWSAS team. Again, with a hard working and dedicated coaching and management group, lead by Head Coach Brett Kirk the squads demonstrated their development over the course of the program.

All squads had outstanding performances and great results, showing the rest of the state (and our international guests) that west is best! Congratulations to all athletes that made their way up to the Hunter for the games and on your successful results.


Posted: 18 July 2017