Net­ball car­ni­val in In­n­is­fail

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Fowler’s Group club net­ball car­ni­val was hosted by the In­n­is­fail Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion last week­end.

The event was well at­tended with 45 brave teams com­pet­ing over the two days in seven di­vi­sions de­spite the very wet con­di­tions lead­ing up to the week­end.

Over­all the weather gods smiled on the courts with only a few breaks due to rain with the main del­uge at the pre­sen­ta­tion on Sun­day.

Dou­glas Net­ball was rep­re­sented by five teams, the youngest be­ing the Pythons coached by Jodi Hep­ner.

The girls were on fire for most of the week­end and showed some very nice skills on court and were right up on the leader board fin­ish­ing run­ners-up.

The Wild­cats coached by Eryn Harold com­peted in the 12-and-un­der com­pe­ti­tion against some very slick op­po­si­tion.

Many of the girls were the younger of the age group but this did not dampen their en­thu­si­asm as they won their last game which put a smile on their faces along with the coach. The Young Guns 1 coached by Sharon Beechey played some ex­cel­lent net­ball.

They could not get over the Radars but over the week­end beat all the other teams in their di­vi­sion and fin­ished run­ners-up for the week­end.

The Strik­ers coached by Kath Bax­ter made their mark in the 14-and-un­der di­vi­sion. They were up against some very strong teams and the girls played fan­tas­tic net­ball us­ing their strength and ex­pe­ri­ence to full ad­van­tage to come away with four wins from six games. Dy­na­mite coached by Cassandra Hill com­peted in Di­vi­sion 3, the first time the team has com­peted out­side of the ju­niors age groups in the largest di­vi­sion for the week­end. With 10 teams com­pet­ing, the team played nine games and won 6 over­all in a fan­tas­tic ef­fort against some very strong op­po­si­tion. Kyah Fran­cis played with the Radars for the week­end who took out the 13-and-un­der di­vi­sion and thanks to Saskia, Tahlia and Natalie Lit­tler who filled in with Radars 2 in Di­vi­sion 2. The teams were also treated to an ex­hi­bi­tion match be­tween the Mar­lins and the Mar­lin Coast Acad­emy ath­letes with Cor­rine Gar­land um­pir­ing the game. Dou­glas Net­ball would like to thank all the par­ents, play­ers, coaches and um­pires for their at­ten­dance and help over the week­end and also the In­n­is­fail Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for a great can­teen and venue with spe­cial thanks the Heather and Les McLaren for run­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.

YOUNG GUNS: (back row) Jemma Fasano, Bon­nie Fran­cis, Sasha Lowen­stein-Jones, Cartier Bennet, Ella Dodds and Rae Page. (front row) Lana Bax­ter and Tiah McLean

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