Pink Ladies claim top spot
Netball: The indoor ladies netball competition at the Stanthorpe YMCA has come to an end.
Eight enthusiastic teams played over the past six months to find out who were the best on the Granite Belt.
At the end, the Pink Ladies consisting Kayelene O'Dea, Kathryn McConville, Maree Johanson, Deb Mattiazzi, Mary Roberts, Nicola Cobon, Bernadette Brunckhorst and Danni Muir came out the grinning winners of the competition's Division A.
Bernadette Brunckhorst, who has been a player for the talented Pink Ladies since the beginning about five years ago, was pleased with the team's success - and is already looking forward to next year's competition.
"The competition runs for pretty much six months,” Brunckhorst said.
"And they have two competitions every year.
"So as soon as one finishes the next one starts, pretty much.”
With the Christmas holiday as a break between the two comps, the Pink Ladies can't wait for the netball season to kick off again.
"The next one will probably start at the beginning of February if the YMCA is still up and running,” Brunckhorst said.
This year's competition was entered by eight teams from around Stanthorpe, serving for some great games of netball.
"The competition was pretty good this year,” Brunckhorst said.
"There was some strong teams this year.
"They just kept it as one division for the whole year and then broke it into A and B grades for the finals.”
With girls as young as 13 years old competing in the competition, all ages are welcome to sign up for next year.
The Pink Ladies are a wonderful example of a ladies' netball team keeping it social and fun making the netball competition attractive for other women from the Granite Belt to join in 2018.
"It's great fun and good exercise and a nice friendly competition,” Brunckhorst said.
"We don't train, we just play and that would probably be the case for all of the teams I'd say.
"It's pretty social, just turn up and play on the night.”
Numbers have been steady for the indoor netball competition over the past years, with eight teams being the usual amount of all-girls groups to compete at the YMCA.
"I think it's been about eight teams most of the time that we've played,” Brunckhorst said.
"There was one year where it was slightly bigger but then they had to run it over two nights.”