All sports back on court for 2009

GRAFTON Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre is almost back to normal with basketball and life ball resuming after the Christmas break.

Numbers have been good for most activities in the first week, but all sports are looking to increase their participation rate this year.

A few new activities have been planned for this year, so watch this column for details.

A big coup for the complex is the announcement the North Coast Academy of Sport will use the venue for all their activities this year. This weekend we host the Grafton Netball Association junior representative trials (contact Cathy Walls for details).

Basketball

BASKETBALL in the first term will be played on both Monday and Tuesday to accommodate indoor hockey with teams are asked to indicate if they can play on Tuesday nights. Numbers in the senior competition appear to be down at this stage, especially in the men's division, so more teams will be accepted. Contact the complex for further details or to nominate. The mini-ball or basketball for primary school students' competition will be played on Monday afternoons from 4pm. The cost for the first term of the mini-ball competition is $40 registration fee, which includes insurance and NSW fees, and $40 game fees. This is a one-off fee and from term two, if you have paid your registration fee, the cost drops to $40 per term. The association also wishes to start an under-14 competition for boys and girls from 5pm on Monday afternoons. Interested players should contact the complex. Most representative teams have started training this week so all prospective players should contact their coaches for details.

All juniors and senior players are welcome to try out, but you must be registered to play.

Three-on-three basketball

THIS style of basketball is great for fitness and improving your skill level. Games will be 10 minutes per half and it is advised teams have four players each. Three-on-three basketball is scheduled for a Thursday night, but depending on bookings, could go to Wednesday. The men's, women's and unisex competitions will have only four teams per grade to allow a balanced competition.

Netball

NUMBERS have been very poor so far and it is hoped this picks up in a hurry with competition beginning on tonight at 6pm.

Cost is $40 per team per game, including insurance. So why not get a team together and come along, you will be made most welcome. Bibs are supplied so all you need to bring is suitable footwear.

Futsal

FUTSAL started last week with all of last year's teams, plus extra players, turning up to play.

The futsal competition is still taking new teams, so if you want to play, come along to the sports centre on a Wednesday to nominate either yourself or your team.

Volleyball

THERE was a good turn out for volleyball last Thursday and it looks like numbers could be up from last year. If you would like to play, just come along to the centre and have a game. Competition begins soon, so if you're interested in playing, come along on Thursday and nominate at the sign-on day.

Multi sports

THIS is a new activity for the centre this year and has proven very popular in other areas. Instead of playing the same sport every week, you play a different sport each week including futsal, netball, volleyball, badminton and basketball. Multi sports will cost $35 per team per gam with a one off registration fee of $15. Multi sports can be played by women, men or unisex teams and it is hoped to be a fun program. Teams are advised to have seven players, with the cost working out at just $5 per player per game, much cheaper than most sports. For more information on any of the above sports or any other activity run at the complex please contact the complex on 6641 4200.



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