Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Let’s get back on the court
Deniliquin Netball Association wants to celebrate its 50th year with the entire district.
A new and dynamic committee — headed up by Angela Hussey — has its sights on creating a Regional Netball Hub to reach all players and clubs in the surrounding districts.
Netballers in surrounding communities will be invited to participate in two competitions being planned over coming months.
‘‘It’s time we reinvigorate DNA and increase our playing membership,’’ Hussey said.
‘‘Many of the parents used to play at DNA when the competition was really big. ‘‘We want to get back to those days. ‘‘We’ve been talking to netball clubs in Hay, Barham, Finley, Jerilderie, Tocumwal and other areas and inviting them to get netball ready with us.’’
In an effort to avoid clashing with the Picola and Murray football and netball seasons, the traditional DNA winter competition will be brought forward.
The twilight competition will be held Wednesday nights from February 7.
There will be 10 weeks of play in both a junior and senior competition, followed by finals.
‘‘We’ll also have grassroots netball — so Net, Set, Go! — and there will be umpire mentoring programs as well,’’ Hussey said.
‘‘We expect to open registrations in mid to late January.
‘‘We’re also exploring having a short, five week competition before the end of the year.
‘‘It will be a casual comp to get us back on the courts, and we hope to get that going in November.’’
Representative netball opportunities will also open up for expressions of interest in coming weeks, with coaches and players being sought.
Try outs will be held before Christmas. ‘‘DNA has a long and vibrant history, and we will continue to build on its reputation as being an inclusive organisation and continue to build on our junior programs,’’ Hussey said.
‘‘We recognise the importance that sport plays in the ongoing mental health and wellbeing of our community, and we applaud the New South Wales Minister for Youth Bronnie Taylor and how she focuses on sport as a way to build confidence in young people.’’
The facilities at DNA are impressive; the courts have just been resurfaced, there’s a brand-new toilet and change room facility, and the state-of-the-art playground is almost installed.
DNA is partnering with the Deniliquin Rhinos Cricket Club to expand and share the clubrooms.
‘‘It’s a terrific collaboration,’’ Rhinos secretary Brad Todd said.
‘‘Our clubs are side by side and I see this as being a great sporting precinct for Deni families.
‘‘We look forward to working with Angela and her committee to offer exciting opportunities to members.’’