Netball numbers up for strong 2017 season

Netballers have taken to the courts for the 2017 season at McGregor Park.
Netballers have taken to the courts for the 2017 season at McGregor Park. Amy Kadel

NETBALL: Teams have been allocated and numbers are looking strong for this year's netball season.

Stanthorpe Netball Association president Karen Petrie said conditions were still unseasonably comfortable for Saturday's games.

Thsi followed the club's grading day on Saturday, April 29.

"It was a great first day andt they were put into teams,” Petrie said.

"It was a good day with good weather. We've been a bit spoilt with this good weather.”

While netball is traditionally a winter sport, Petrie said they wouldn't complain if the slightly warmer, sunny conditions stuck around.

Meanwhile, she said strong numbers and good team spirits ruled the day.

"It was good and we had more registrations,” she said.

"All the girls played well and they had fun.

"They've been put into their teams and thtt's the team they'll play with for the year.”

With a few extra players signing up on the weekend, Petrie said numbers were up from the 2016 season.

"We are definitely above last year's numbers,” she said.

"We're really happy.”

She said there were about 16 5-7 year players, five teams in the 8-11 year range and four teams aged 12 and up.

"Being a little country town we'd love to have a competition in every age division but we don't have that,” Petrie said.

"So for us it's really good.”

Meanwhile, older players have been sharing their skills with the youngsters for the season.

"In our 12 years and up, the older girls are looking after and developeing those younger girls,” Petrie said.

"We've also got our 14 ad 15 year olds... coaching and umpiring the younger levels.

"We want them to develop those skills but also develop a good culture within the club.”

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