Lit­tlies get car­ni­val taste

Mini net­ballers hit the courts for fun and com­pe­ti­tion

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@ cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

THE young Net Set Go net­ball play­ers got the chance to par­tic­i­pate in a mini car­ni­val last Sun­day, thanks to coach Jo Boothby.

Jo or­gan­ised a mini car­ni­val for the age group seven to 10 at the lo­cal net­ball courts in Biloela.

“I de­cided about eight weeks ago I would do a mini car­ni­val for them,” Jo said. “Just a bit of a soft­ener for them so they can be pre­pared.”

Net­ball season for the older play­ers can get quite busy with a wide span to travel across Cen­tral Queens­land for car­ni­vals.

“Plus we don’t have many car­ni­vals here and they are too lit­tle to do the trav­el­ling,” Jo said. “So I thought, let’s just do our own.”

Just un­der 50 young chil­dren turned up for the mini car­ni­val with five teams hav­ing about nine play­ers each.

“They were all play­ers with the Biloela Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and they trav­elled from Moura, Jam­bin, Bar­al­aba and Biloela,” Jo said.

The mini car­ni­val of­fered the op­por­tu­nity for the play­ers to un­der­stand how the games work in the big­ger car­ni­vals and some other skills.

“Just game times, show­ing them what po­si­tion they play, good pass­ing, don’t step with the ball,” Jo said.

Each Tues­day night, the young­sters play games with the coach on the side­line but they aren’t full games with um­pires and times.

“The big­gest thing was lis­ten­ing to the um­pires be­cause they don’t have those on their games,” Jo said.

“So just learn­ing to be aware of ev­ery­thing around them.”

While some car­ni­vals can go all day and some even for a week­end, Jo said she had to keep the young ages in mind.

“It wasn’t all day, it was a mini car­ni­val for a rea­son, they are only lit­tle kids.”

Jo said, de­spite this, ev­ery­one loved the morn­ing ses­sion.

“Ev­ery­one had a great time,” she said.

“All the feed­back I have had has been ev­ery­one en­joyed it.

“And the par­ents loved be­ing able to see their chil­dren play.”

A suc­cess­ful event, Jo said she hoped to see it be­come a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence.

“It would be good to see it be­come an an­nual event,” she said.

Jo be­gan coach­ing Net Set Go ear­lier this year in April and she said it has been in­cred­i­ble to watch the lit­tlies grow.

“They have been re­ally good,” she said.

“They have grown so much.

As the lit­tle ones are learn­ing from the ground level up, Jo said it could be tricky coach­ing them with short at­ten­tion spans but it had defin­tiely paid off.

“Some of them couldn’t even pass a ball and now some can the ball as good as a se­nior player,“Jo said. “They are all amaz­ing.” Jo loves coach­ing and hopes to see the net­ball num­ber grow even more in the fu­ture.

“I just don’t want to see the chil­dren miss out,” she said.

“There isn’t a lot for them in the com­mu­nity and it’s good pro­vide some­thing.”

PHO­TOS: JO BOOTHBY

NET­TING SKILLS: Young­sters hone their net­ball skills.

Young net­ballers got a taste of car­ni­val action.

Teams line up.

Good sports­man­ship was on dis­play.

The Golden Glow Works team.

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