TWO banking institutions have thrown its support behind the Port Stephens netball community for the 2016 season and beyond. The Mutual has signed a three-year partnership with the Port Stephens Netball Association, which will include providing financial support to the Raymond Terrace-based association through to the end of the 2018 season. Additionally, the Mutual will take on the naming rights of the association’s winter competition. “Our association has a long-standing relationship with the&nbsp;Mutual, especially with the team at the Raymond Terrace branch,”&nbsp;Jodi Cassar, president of the Port Stephens Netball Association, said.&nbsp; “We are excited to be working&nbsp;with an organisation that is so heavily ingrained in the local community.” Port Stephens Netball Association has a membership base of more than 600 players, volunteers, managers, and coaches across its junior and senior competitions.&nbsp; The&nbsp;Mutual’s general manager, Geoffrey Seccombe, said the partnership with Port Stephens Netball Association will deliver exciting opportunities for all involved.&nbsp; “Team sports are a great way to bring people together,” he said. “For us, community is key, so the fact that we have an opportunity to get involved with such a recognised community organisation means a lot to the&nbsp;Mutual.” Meanwhile,&nbsp;the Greater Building Society has renewed its support of the&nbsp;Nelson Bay Netball Association for another year. On Saturday, April 30,&nbsp;all 374 players registered with the Nelson Bay association will receive a gift from the Greater –&nbsp;a water bottle and $5 in a&nbsp;LifeSaver savings account with the bank. It will also provide a marquee for the association to use at games and events. Ryan&nbsp;Palmer, manager of the Greater’s Nelson Bay branch,&nbsp;said supporting&nbsp;the Tomaree Peninsula’s netballers&nbsp;was part of the bank’s push to help players, clubs and associations in regional NSW. “The Greater supports netball because it is a popular, grassroots sport that keeps women and girls&nbsp;active and gives them skills but it doesn’t always get the same funding or attention as male sports,”&nbsp;Mr Palmer said. “As a customer-owned banking organisation we exist for our customers and the local community, not shareholders.” The netball season runs between March and September.