U16s campaigner Rhianna Johnson in a nice defensive effort.
U16s campaigner Rhianna Johnson in a nice defensive effort.

Netballers heat up for regionals

MARYBOROUGH will be on fire this weekend as the Bundaberg Flames representative netball teams from under 11 to 15 will compete in the final leg of the Regional Day Carnivals.

Following the first round held in April, the ten teams from Bundaberg have been busy preparing for what could possibly be the last commitment of the year for some.

“The girls are pretty excited. For some of the girls, it's their last representative carnival, so they want to finish on a high,” says Under 15's coach and secretary of the Bundaberg Netball Association, Shelley Naumann.

The coach says she has high hopes for the girls and doesn't expect to be disappointed.

“Bundaberg has a strangle hold on most age groups and I'm pretty confident we can come home with trophies for each of the divisions,” she said.

“This weekend Bundaberg Netball will showcase to the state what a great association and facilities we have to offer, so let's get behind our association.”

Not only will the regional carnival be a chance to showcase Bundaberg's netball talent, but also young umpires involved in the sport.

“This carnival will also provide the opportunity for our up-and-coming umpires to continue their development in this field. Young umpires from our association have been talent-identified and will work with Regional Academy umpire Lyn Newport over this day as well,” says the excited coach.

“Good luck to all players and officials competing at this carnival.”

The regionals coincides with the 2010 Feeling Good Country Carnival to be hosted by Bundaberg Netball and Shelley believes the Regional Carnival is a great opportunity to “fine tune things” before this event.

“Showing improvement on the results from the first regional days is a must and teams will be endeavouring to achieve this,” says the coach.

More than148 teams from as far north as Cairns and as far south as the Tweed are expected to compete in the Country Carnival, but organisers say help is urgently required over the 24th and 25th July weekend.

“We need more volunteers. If anyone has a spare hour or even half an hour, we would love to hear from you,” urged Shelley.

For those who would like to offer assistance for the carnival, please phone Shelley Naumann on 0408 881 047.

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