Tweed nets huge crowds at Challenge Cup gala
TWEED Netball Association knew the Challenge Cup would be a big event, but they never expected an attendance of 4000 people per day.
Between 150 and 200 teams took part in the challenge on June 23, 24 and 25 and Tweed Netball Association president and Daily News columnist Helen Rigney was overwhelmed with the response.
"It was one of the biggest challenge carnivals we've ever held," she said.
"We had perfect weather and 150 to 200 teams in attendance.
"Every bit of accommodation was taken up along Minjungbal Drive."
Mrs Rigney said even though Tweed did not place in the challenge, it was a proud day for parents, with many girls competing in their first netball carnival.
"We had teams here from as far up as Mackay, Townsville and as far out as Roma," she said.
"Not only was it a great way to show off our facilities, there was also all the clubs, restaurants and motels that were involved."
Mrs Rigney said the "cheer-off" at the challenge's finale was spectacular and displayed great sportsmanship.
"The enthusiasm of day three when the kids had all competed was overwhelming," she said.
"And we had the mayor there, past presidents and Warren Polglase.
"It was a great (economic) injection to the community."
Tweed was presented with a perpetual trophy in commemoration of the association hosting the event on its final day.
Mrs Rigney wanted to extend a big thank you to neighbours surrounding the challenge for their patience and tolerance during the event and to the volunteers and visiting teams who made the Challenge Cup possible.