Emerald’s junior netballers in the thick of the action during one of the club’s final carnivals to be held at Morton Park in Emerald.
Emerald’s junior netballers in the thick of the action during one of the club’s final carnivals to be held at Morton Park in Emerald.

Flooding no dampener to junior netball comp

THIRTY-TWO teams from eight associations, competing in seven divisions in a total of 108 games, all on just four courts.

And it ran like clockwork.

That’s the achievement of the recent junior netball carnival hosted by the Emerald association earlier this month

With predicted rainfall failing to eventuate, the annual two-day carnival involved more than 350 players and officials from associations throughout the Capricorn region, including Biloela, Rockhampton, Blackwater, Alpha, Longreach, Barcaldine and, for the first time, Woorabinda.

Teams contested seven divisions from eight years and under through to 16 years.

Emerald Netball Association president Nanette Hall said organising and running the weekend had been a particularly big task for the committee and volunteers this year, with both the association and its volunteers still recovering from the December flooding.

“2011 has been a difficult year but we were determined the carnival would go ahead as usual,” she said.

“Our players and families look forward to it every year, as do our visiting teams, so we certainly weren’t about to let them down.

“We again received very positive feedback from the visiting associations, as well as our own parents, so it’s great to know people enjoyed themselves. The sportsmanship was great and the kids played some terrific netball.”

Hall said the carnival was tinged with sadness as it was likely to be the last played at the association’s home of 30 years at Morton Park, with plans in motion for a move to Rundle Park in 2012.


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