Netballers return with northern experience
In playing conditions that can only be described as adverse, six young Chinchilla netballers represented South West Queensland at the state school competition in Cairns last week.
In torrential rain – with the highest rainfall totals Cairns has seen in 90 years – the girls ducked and weaved and slid, with both teams finishing 11th overall.
Chinchilla Netball Association president Kelly Statham said while they didn’t come first, second or third, both teams rose to the challenge and came away from the event with an understanding of what it means to play netball at a competitive level.
Ms Statham said the challenge for south-west teams across all sports was the vast distances over which players for the teams are drawn. While metropolitan teams can practice several times a week, opportunities out here are more limited, Ms Statham said.
Upon their return home some of the girls played in the finals of the Chinchilla Ladies Netball competition on Tuesday night, winning against a team predominantly comprised of teachers.
“They put into action some of the stuff they’d learned over the week... it was a nice reward on the end of a tough week away,” Ms Statham said.