Net­ballers re­turn with north­ern ex­pe­ri­ence

Chinchilla News - - SPORT -

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.

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