Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Let’s get back on the court

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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.’’

 ?? ?? Deniliquin Netball Associatio­n’s 2021/22 committee members (from left) Marie Muldoon, Leanne Maher, Abbie Thomas, Angela Hussey, Alexandra MacDonald, Afton Smith and Laura Circuitt. Absent: Charmaine Marshall, Jade Hipworth, Kylie Atley, Vicki Holloway and Haylee Chadderton.
Deniliquin Netball Associatio­n’s 2021/22 committee members (from left) Marie Muldoon, Leanne Maher, Abbie Thomas, Angela Hussey, Alexandra MacDonald, Afton Smith and Laura Circuitt. Absent: Charmaine Marshall, Jade Hipworth, Kylie Atley, Vicki Holloway and Haylee Chadderton.

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