Benefiting from growth
NETBALL: With netball popularity growing in the North Burnett, Monto Blue Thunders coach Bec Evans decided to use the high turnout at the Central North Burnett Netball Challenge carnival to raise awareness of breast cancer.
“I think everyone knows someone that’s been touched by cancer, so it gets the girls and everyone in the community aware,” Evans said.
The two Monto under-15 teams, Pink Thunder and Blue Thunder, purchased pink McGrath Foundation socks for $15 a pair to raise awareness, with money from the purchases going to the foundation.
The second carnival hosted at Monto gave organisers, players and spectators alike a chance to appreciate how the sport was growing.
There were enough players in some cases to field multiple teams in different divisions, such as the under-10 A’s Zig Zags and Divas from Monto, under-12 Ninjas and Bright Sparks from Gayndah, under 15s Firebabes and Diamonds from Mundubbera and more.
When teams from the same town played each other, it was used as a chance to work some extra practice into the carnival.
Attended by teams from Monto, Mundubbera, Gayndah, and Nanango, a good time was had by all at the carnival, with only one injury throughout the day.
It was the first year with five courts at Monto, allowing the games to move at a solid pace.
Monto Netball Association secretary Tara Harm said they marked the lines for the fifth court field the day before carnival.
“Otherwise we’d be extending hours from 8 til 4,” Harm said.
THINK PINK: Monto Blue Thunders show off pink socks for McGrath Foundation. PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE
Race for control of the ball.
Motno Mustangs v Unicorns.
A chance for Gayndah U12s to get in some handling practice.
Mundubbera Cheetahs get in some morning practice
Gayndah Ninjas and Brightsparks in a friendly duel.
Diamonds and Pink Thunder in penultimate U15s match.