Grand finals are precious

FROM all reports, the standard of netball played over the weekend was competitive and hard but fair, with all who participated enjoying the spirit of the game.

It is hard to explain the thrill of playing in a grand final.

The best thing of all is the ex- perience, as some kids and adults never get the opportunity to take part in a grand final.

Well done to all teams, players and supporters for what has been described as another successful year of netball both at Tweed and Murwillumbah associations.

  • THE Tweed executive committee agreed to extend their competition this year to include 10-year-olds, and this decision has proven to be an outstanding success.

The battle between minor premiers Cudgen Crushers and runners-up Banora Point Chickadees was quite a spectacle.

After a tight battle, Chickadees held the Crushers out until the final hooter, winning by three goals and becoming the first 10-year-olds to win at competition level in Tweed netball.

President Jo Watters notes that this year the season ran for 20 rounds, including three rounds of finals which makes it a long season for all involved.

Jo was happy with the results on Saturday and believes that they came about from a culmination of a season with loads of effort, commitment and hard work by all those involved in each team/club.

It has been a pleasure to see the sport we love bring so much benefit to so many within our community.

  • THE under-15s and 16/17 Rep teams have commenced their training and assessment sessions with the Kingscliff Tafe.

All who attended were keen as well as excited at this great opportunity to maintain a level of fitness over the off-season as well as get the benefit of gym work with a personal trainer.

  • THE State League Holden Cruze Cup and Ergon Energy Championship netball grand finals played over the weekend in Brisbane offered a nail-biting finish to the 2009 season.

Congratulations to the Golden South Jaguars who made it into the Holden Cruze Cup trophy.

The Jaguars made every effort to stay in the match, but were overcome by the reigning champions, Brisbane East Carina Tigers, who held the Cup Trophy for the second consectuive year, winning 50-43.

Presentation night will be held at the Southport Workers Club on September 25 from 6pm. Contact Jennyne Dillon for tickets on 0430 549 752 or Pam on 0439 671 253.

  • LOOKING for something to do over the Christmas holiday? Nominations for the long-awaited ANZ Fire Up! Camp for 2009 have opened.

The annual camp is at Tallebudgera Recreation Centre from Friday, December 11, to Sunday, December 13. This camp, for 13- to 17-year-old girls, costs $250 pp.

For further details contact Ann-Marie Geary at Netball Queensland (07) 3848 6330 or ann-marie.

  • PRESIDENT Beth Matsuto congratulates all teams and players who participated in the 2009 Murwillumbah season.

Beth announced her President's Award which this year went to Robyn Kembrey.

This award is presented to someone who is not necessarily a player, who is more than just a spectator on a Saturday. Well done Robyn.

Other awards presented on the night were the Blue of Blues Leeann Ahu.

Leeann is an integral part of the Murwillumbah association. She not only plays (against doctor's orders) but is a volunteer; coaches two teams; assists with FunNet as well as volunteering in the canteen.

This type of person is what keeps associations running - congratulations Leeann.

The players awards from the season went to Kelsey Noble and Georgia Percy in a tie for the 11/12s; Chelsea Aston (Intermediate) and another tie in the Opens to Aimee Ahu and Katrina Herrmann. Beth is taking a well-earned break in Japan.

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  • THIS is Helen's last column for the year. The Tweed Daily News would like to thank her for her effort and her words this season. - Jamie Gallagher

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