Com­mu­nity helps make net­ball dreams come true

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work­ing mums, the ded­i­ca­tion that ev­ery­one has shown is re­mark­able with peo­ple hav­ing to leave work early ev­ery week, get­ting home late ev­ery week, some­times not un­til 9pm or later and drop­ping off other chil­dren.”

The par­ents also en­sured the chil­dren were al­ways fed af­ter games. Ini­tially sup­ply­ing din­ner started off as a sausage siz­zle where par­ents would cook up sausages and sup­ply bread which they would hand out af­ter games at the back of a car.

To­wards the end of the sea­son they would pur­chase din­ner in Biloela, whether it be the can­teen or a shop on their way home.

Dunk-An­drews said ev­ery­one thor­oughly en­joyed the sea­son de­spite the huge com­mit­ment needed from the par­ents and chil­dren each week.

“None of this would’ve been pos­si­ble without the ded­i­ca­tion of those par­ents who have trav­elled over weekly and oth­ers on the ros­ter sys­tem,” she said.

“The coaches who have ded­i­cated their time to this sport is re­mark­able and goes without say­ing is much ap­pre­ci­ated.

“Not only have they coached them at the com­pe­ti­tion but they have also um­pired weekly, com­mit­ted to train­ing our chil­dren weekly and helped them at the car­ni­vals we have at­tended. “Without them our teams wouldn’t have been able to com­pete in this com­pe­ti­tion.”

Dunk-An­drews said all of the play­ers in­tended to re­turn next year, ex­cept those who were head­ing off to board­ing school.

“Need­less to say we are all ex­tremely proud of our chil­dren and their ded­i­ca­tion to this sport,” she said.

“It is also ex­cit­ing that there has been a huge in­ter­est in the in­ter-school net­ball car­ni­val again for this year which is coming up on Septem­ber 19, so fin­gers crossed some of these kids will join in next sea­son.”

PHOTO: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

GAME TIME: Josh Mon­aghan looks for an open space to pass to.

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