Net­ball sea­son over for another year

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TUES­DAY night saw the grand fi­nal of the 2017 Biloela Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sea­son.

Crowds of supporters all brought along their cheer­ing voices as they cheered on their teams.

The Ju­nior AA game of Skit­tles against Pocket Rock­ets turned into a close game as it was a draw at full time.

Ex­tra time was al­lo­cated with two min­utes for each side and some goals were shared by each side.

Af­ter the nail­bit­ing four min­utes, Pocket Rock­ets had the lead by a cou­ple of points and came out on top.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent An­nette Hitch­man said this year was a good sea­son.

“We had a lot of suc­cesses with var­i­ous teams at car­ni­vals as well,” she said.

“And some teams par­tic­i­pate in the premier league this sea­son in Emer­ald. “Others went to tal­ents camps through­out the sea­son, 12s and 13s in­vited to go.”

An­nette made a spe­cial men­tion of play­ers Christina McLure, Gemma Han­cox, Adri­anne Green­halgh.

“Some of them were se­lected in high-per­for­mance teams and squads,” she said.

“So plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove their net­balling goals.”

Num­bers were strong with play­ers this year.

“We had more of the ju­nior As in the high school ages,” An­nette said.

“But if you com­bine the ju­nior team range, they are our strong­est group.”

In the lit­tlies, Net Set Go also had a good turnout.

“We had a good turn out in that, 8-10 ages was good num­bers and 5-7 was good,” An­nette said.

“Hope­fully they are our up and com­ing cham­pi­ons.”

Vol­un­teer­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion for a num­ber of years, An­nette has had the plea­sure of see­ing play­ers and teams grow.

“Pocket Rock­ets have been to­gether for a few years and Sap­phires have been to­gether since their Net Set Go days,” she said.

While the sea­son is over, An­nette said the work doesn’t end.

“We will start meeting for the year,” she said.

“We start prepa­ra­tions for the next sea­son, just be­cause the fix­tures are over doesn’t mean the work is fin­ished.”

The mam­moth task of pa­per­work and prepa­ra­tions from the team of vol­un­teers will be­gin.

“We have to start get­ting ready for our rep­re­sen­ta­tive side, next year’s sea­son, how the sea­son will op­er­ates, fees, in­for­ma­tion for sign on,” An­nette said.

And a re­flec­tion on this year’s sea­son just gone.

“A wrap up of the sea­son, do a re­view of what worked and how we need to im­prove things,” An­nette said.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

The ju­nior AA game with Skit­tles and Pocket Rock­ets went into ex­tra time with a close fin­ish, with Pocket Rock­ets on top.

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