Cel­e­bra­tion time for our jnr net­ballers

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

NET­BALL: An­other year has gone by for the un­der-10 to 15 Monto ju­nior net­ballers, who held a breakup last week to cel­e­brate the sea­son.

The kids played warm up games, shoot­ing ex­er­cises and fin­ished with some muck-around games be­tween the mixed teams.

Af­ter the games, the coaches and mem­bers of the Monto Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion com­mit­tee gave a talk on the way the kids had de­vel­oped.

The breakup came at the end of a solid per­for­mance at the last Cen­tral North Bur­nett Chal­lenge car­ni­val in Nanango in late Au­gust, in which the un­der-10B Uni­corns were awarded run­ners-up in their age group and three play­ers were awarded Most Valu­able Player tro­phies.

Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Belinda Ste­ger said the kids were able to im­prove their skills and at­tend car­ni­vals thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion from parents and coaches.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late our play­ers on the mar­vel­lous job you’ve done, and the coaches for a job well done in train­ing them,” Ste­ger said.

Each of the ju­nior net­ball coaches handed out par­tic­i­pa­tion tro­phies to the play­ers, as well as awards for in­di­vid­ual achieve­ment.

Many of the play­ers were awarded for get­ting out of their com­fort zone, play­ing with courage and good sports­man­ship.

Un­der-15s coach Bec Evans gave the last speech of the day and men­tioned that, as it may be her last time coach­ing, she needed to make it a good one.

“I’ve had an amaz­ing five years of coach­ing the Monto Blue Thun­ders, watch­ing them grow from un­der 10s to un­der 12s where they won the Cen­tral North Bur­nett chal­lenge, up un­til now when Pink Thun­der joined us in the un­der-15s,” Evans said.

“They make me proud each and ev­ery time they play, es­pe­cially when we’ve been work­ing on some­thing and they man­age to put it in a game.”

❝ They make me proud each and ev­ery time they play. — Bec Evans, un­der 15s coach

WRAPUP:Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Belinda Ste­ger ad­dresses the kids on the year it's been.

The sun sets on the show­down be­tween green and pur­ple.

PHO­TOS: JACK LAWRIE

Flow­ers for Un­der 15 coach Bec Evans.

Ju­nior net­ballers en­joy­ing a ball and spoon game.

The Smi­leys re­ceive their sea­son tro­phies.

Keep the ball be­tween the legs.

Mixed teams in the muck-around game.

Mixed shoot­ing ex­er­cises.

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