Nanango joins Nth Burnett circuit for the season
Carnivals have started
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.
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.