Players excel at district comp
NETBALL: Stanthorpe representative teams travelled to Toowoomba on Sunday for the final rounds of the Inter-District competition.
The Inter-District competition has been running on the Darling Downs for 22 years and this year brought a record 56 teams together from Kingaroy, Chinchilla, Dalby, Goondiwindi, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and the Lockyer Valley.
This year Stanthorpe entered 4 teams - from under 11/12's to under 15's and 16's.
"With record interest from Stanthorpe girls in 12 and under, we fielded two teams in the 11/12 division this year,” Stanthorpe Netball Association's Kay Knight said.
"It was fantastic to watch the skills development of these girls and to watch them grow as netballers this year.”
These two teams had a mixed bag of wins and losses on Sunday and were so evenly matched they played off in a close game for 4th and 5th places in their division with Stanthorpe 4 placed 5th and Stanthorpe 3 placed 6th. In the 13/14 division 2 competition Stanthorpe 2 had three straight wins in the preliminary rounds to progress to the Grand final play off against Highfields 3.
Unfortunately although the scores were locked up at 15 all at three quarter time the Highfields attack in the final quarter was just too strong with a final score of 20 to 17.
In the 15/16 Division 2 competition Stanthorpe 1 went into the Grand Final game as underdog after two wins and one loss in the preliminary round.
"In a tough match against Goondiwindi 2 the girls snatched the number one spot from Gundy who had been top of the leader board all season with a sound 22-11 win,” Kay said.
"With the Inter-District competition complete, all eyes are now on our Saturday competition.
"With over 2000km travelled to play in these carnivals, the level of commitment of everyone was amazing.”
With no netball courts in town, the club thanked Stan- thorpe State High and St Joseph's School for opening courts up for training.