Local netball off to a strong start

BOTH Murwillumbah and Tweed were lucky to get on the courts this weekend, with both looking like they were destined to miss the games set down for Saturday.

For Tweed, it was the opening round of this year's competition and for Murwillumbah it was just round two, so both associations were delighted to see the sun shine through, and a great day was had by all.

In Murwillumbah's Funnet program, about 10 eager children turned out to enjoy learning the basics of netball and the fine motor skills they need to play.

Netter has four teams: Bogangar Blue Wrens, Crickets, The Super Fabs and Red Backs.

This grade is all about learning the positions of a netball team. Bing early in the season it looked more like organised chaos rather than a game of netball, but I am sure that by the end of the season they will be performing like professionals.

Five teams will be competing in the 11/12s grade. The games on the weekend seemed a bit one-sided, as some teams are just out of netter, but it promises to be a good season for this group.

The Intermediates play at 1.15pm every Saturday and we are looking for one or two more players to complete the teams for this year. Please come down to the courts next week if you are interested in playing.

The Murwillumbah association has vacancies for the Opens Comp.

Any enquiries can be directed to Beth at (02) 6676 6289 or emmagirl@westnet.com.au.

The draws for Murwillumbah are all up on the website at www.murwillumbahnetball.org.au

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  • TWEED started its season on a good note with games being played despite the threatening weather.

Round two of the draw will appear on the website ( www.tweednetball.com.au) by tomorrow. The delay in posting this on the website is due to a couple of problems with umpire allocation.

Tweed will be conducting two junior skills development clinics this year starting at 11am, Saturday, May 2 at the club grounds (to enter your child must be turning 11 in 2009 and be a member of a Tweed affiliated club/team who can commit to all six sessions of the clinic).

Each clinic will be free and will be held over a six-week period. They are aimed at boosting the skills and confidence of our juniors at a club level.

Any club coaches are also invited to attend the clinics. Coaches will learn new drills, observe the breakdown of skills as well as being introduced to the new rules of netball more intimately, which will ultimately benefit your local clubs.

Numbers are limited and nomination does not guarantee placement. Successful nominees will be notified at least one week prior to the clinic.

The clinic will be conducted by a former NSW State League player who is accredited by Netball Australia at the Coaching Development Level as well as a national umpire. To nominate see the Tweed Sports Organiser in the office.

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  • SPEAKING of our sports organiser - welcome to Maureen, who started with Tweed last Saturday. Maureen has volunteered to help out on a Saturday and is the mum of our secretary, Sandra O'Brien - that's what Tweed is all about - family.

Thanks Maureen, the committee looks forward to working with you during this season - you have saved a couple of ladies from a breakdown!

From a personal point of view, thank you to all the lovely ladies from the duty teams who had to put up with me on the first day of canteen manager (forget ruthless, I was hopeless). I will probably get my act together just in time to break for Easter holidays.

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  • TO kick off the 2009 netball season, the Queensland Firebirds will host another ANZ Fire Up! Clinic at Ipswich Netball Association.

The clinics are coached by members of the Queensland Firebirds and Queensland Fusion teams and are for children aged 10 to 14yrs. Each clinic runs for three hours and costs $30 per child, with every child receiving an ANZ pack full of goodies.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and obtain autographs from their favourite players plus win tickets to see the Queensland Firebirds in action in the ANZ Championship.

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  • AUSTRALIAN Netball Diamonds and Queensland Firebirds representatives Lauren Nourse and Laura Geitz are inviting netballers to be a part of Brisbane's newest and most exciting elite development training camp the Netstar Camp 2009.

The camp is designed to develop all aspects of the netballer as an athlete.

It is the only netball clinic in Brisbane open to advanced players and is the perfect preparation to the new netball season for school and club netballers.

The camp runs in the Queensland April school holidays over three four-hour days at St Peters Lutheran College. It caters for netballers from 12 to 17yrs who are interested in a challenging clinic to develop their on and off-court skills.

There are great prizes and give-aways at the Netstar Camp, but be quick to secure your spot as spaces are limited! Log onto the Netball Qld website www.netballq.org.au for more information.

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  • NETBALL Queensland is offering its members a group discount at Queensland Firebirds home matches. Anyone who buys 10 tickets will receive the 11th ticket free. So bring along your netball team to watch the Firebirds in the ANZ Championship at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and take advantage of this special offer. Get ready for the first game in Brisbane on Saturday, April 4.

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