Young netballers put skills to test
THE first of three netball carnivals held in the Central Burnett Challenge has taken place at Gayndah.
The challenge is held between under-10, 12 and 15 teams from Gayndah, Monto and Mundubbera.
Points are accumulative over the three carnivals and trophies presented to the winning teams at the end of the third carnival, which will be held at Mundubbera on September 7.
Chris Duncan said at the Gayndah carnival there were 14 teams participating with some of the towns entering multiple teams in some of the age groups.
“We were extremely fortunate on the day to have Wide Bay umpire co-ordinator Lyn Newport in attendance,” she said.
“Some of our players have recently undertaken an umpire’s course and Lyn went onto the court and coached the umpires.
“Umpires play an important part in a player’s development especially at a grass roots level.”
Duncan said Gayndah has 16 players in the “babies” group covering the five to seven age group.
“They don’t play any competition so we gave them a game during the lunch break,” she said.
“This gave them the chance to put on a uniform and get out on the court.
“They didn’t know what they were doing, but it was wonderful to watch them.”
Duncan said a couple of Gayndah’s age groups are supported by players from Coalstoun Lakes and Biggenden.
The next carnival is at Monto on August 24.
ALL EYES ON THE BALL: Gayndah proved too strong for Monto in this under-12 netball game which was part of the Central Burnett Netball Challenge.