Nanango joins Nth Bur­nett cir­cuit for the sea­son

Car­ni­vals have started

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT - An­nie Perets

NET­BALL is a sport loved through­out the North Bur­nett and its young fans united in Monto on June 5 for the first car­ni­val in the an­nual se­ries.

But this year, there was a twist: Join­ing Gayn­dah, Mun­dub­bera and Monto on the cir­cuit is Nanango, which means there’ll be four car­ni­vals in­stead of the usual three.

The Monto un­der-15s team hopes for a cracker sea­son, and team mate Jemma Evans said they were off to a fir­ing start.

“It’s great get­ting to play all the dif­fer­ent com­peti­tors,” she said.

“Over­all our team is do­ing well.

“Our shoot­ers have im­proved a lot, and so has de­fence in keep­ing the other play­ers out of cir­cle so they can’t score goals.”

The week­end car­ni­val at Monto had an­other mean­ing to Jemma, as it was her 14th birth­day.

The in­crease in car­ni­vals for the year means Monto’s Sarah Pick will still get heaps of game time.

The 15-year-old had to sit out at the home soil car­ni­val due to a last minute med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

“I got my wis­dom teeth taken out, so I’m here help­ing out scor­ing,” she said.

“It’s good to still be able to sup­port the team.”

Sarah will be back at train­ing this week to con­tinue her fi­nal year of ju­nior net­ball.

While there will be fi­nal year win­ners, the com­pe­ti­tion is more about fun, as U12 player Charley Wil­son knows.

“I’m not even from Monto, but I play for Monto be­cause its the best team,” she said.

“It’s mostly about hav­ing fun, and hav­ing fun be­tween games.”

Hun­dreds of net­ballers were at the Monto car­ni­val. Now, it’s back to train­ing.

PHO­TOS: AN­NIE PERETS/CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG TURNOUT: Hun­dreds were at the net­ball car­ni­val in Monto, the first of the year out of four.

An un­der-15 years game.

Damien Dav­ina passes to Gayn­dah team mate Tori Bayn­tum, but Monto cen­tre Lu­cia Glas­gow is there to in­ter­fere.

Sascha Dowl­ing has a line of Nanango play­ers to get through.

RIGHT: Jazz Popp got her mind fully in the match.

Monto net­baller Brid­get Farmer takes a shot.

Monto's Han­nah Stephan makes a ball get­away from Nanango's Belinda Spencer.

BE­LOW: Play­ers can­not be missed in their team colours.

RIGHT: Sascha Dowl­ing and Lana Glenny reach for the ball.

Monto and Gayn­dah teams meet on the court.

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