Young net­ballers put skills to test

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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