Taylor Walen sends her rival the wrong way in the under-14 for Grafton.
Taylor Walen sends her rival the wrong way in the under-14 for Grafton.

300 play as rep netball returns

THE sounds of laughter and fun returned to the Grafton netball courts yesterday as the club hosted the first representative carnival of the 2010 season.

More than 300 players from around 40 clubs took part in the day which was a true test of the best in the sport.

All players taking part were chosen in their sides from the recent representative trials.

Grafton Netball Association media officer Fiona Gordon was happy with how her teams performed.

“There was some really good games in there,” she said.

“The 15s had a really good day, they came close to a few wins.

“I think the 12s were the stars though. This is the first year we have run this age so it was great to see how they stood up.”

Many coaches used the carnival as an opportunity to blood players in new positions.

And with an entire season ahead of them, the newly laid courts at Grafton provided the perfect chance to sample the stars of the future.

“It was perfect weather,” Gordon said.

“It went really well overall. It was a day for a lot of coaches to try different combinations for their teams.”

Grafton traditionally attracts a large number of participants due to its position in the region.

And Gordon said the chance for her troops to push themselves against so many rivals sets up a good season.

The day was treated as ‘serious but fun’.

‘We travel to Tweed Heads this weekend to play some of the Queensland teams which will be a good test for some of the younger ones,” she said.

“I think the 12s were the stars though. This is the first year we have run this age.”



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