The Victorian men’s and women’s teams are back to defend both titles at the location of the inaugural Women’s U20’s Nationals 32 years ago in 1981 and on previous results are the teams to beat.
The men’s event features teams from Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, New Zealand, Western Australia and the ACT. Victoria is the defending champion and has won 23 titles since the first U20 men’s national championship began in 1974 and six out of the past 10 titles.
The women’s event features eight teams from Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland, New Zealand, Western Australia and the ACT. Victoria is the defending champion in the women’s event as well and has won seven out of the past 11 national titles.
Launceston has a long tradition of involvement in the hosting of national events dating back to 1954 when the city hosted the inaugural Australian U18 Men’s Championship. Since then, Launceston has hosted the Australian U20 Women’s titles in 1981 (again, the inaugural event), the U16 Men’s titles in 1984, U16 Women’s titles in 1991, U14 Boys Club Championships in 1994, the U14 Girls Club Championships in 2001 and the U18 Men’s and Women’s titles in 2007. Launceston was also privileged to host one game of the 2003 Oceania Women’s Championships between the Opals and the Tall Ferns.
The U20’s & Ivor Burge Championships will be held from February 17-23.