There may be no finals series but Newcastle Netball Association president Cheryl Hernando said netball had definitely been the winner this year.
A modified season due to the coronavirus crisis will culminate in an eighth and final round at National Park Netball Courts on Saturday.
Hernando said reaching that point was an achievement after NNA faced the scenario of not being able to provide a competition in 2020 due to the global pandemic.
"The fact that we could get the players all on the court, which is what they wanted, has been the biggest positive," Hernando said. "I think that's the biggest achievement, that we could actually make that happen.
"All the way through it's just been constant changes and the ability of the association to adapt quickly and make it happen has been a big positive."
Another shining light has been the rise of young talent. NSW Premier League restrictions has meant some teams have had to call on 23s and open players.
"The aim of the Greater Series was to get some of those 15 and 16-year-old girls up playing with the more mature players," Hernando said.
"You view the game a lot differently at that age and that level and you can't put value on the ability for these girls to be able to see that and experience that."
Unbeaten leaders University of Newcastle, on 21 points, are aiming to complete a perfect season with a win over Kotara South (9) in championship action on Saturday.
BNC Whanau (11) play West Leagues Balance (15), Inner Glow (13) take on Souths (19) and Junction Stella (7) meet Nova Thunder (17).
The inaugural club champions will be crowned on Saturday as well as the championship division's Most Valuable Player.
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