Ben­e­fit­ing from growth

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.

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