OFF TO STATE: The Grafton 17 Years representative team, from back left: Kim Blinman (coach), Zali Webb, Maddy Anderson, Brooke Burton (coach), Lucy Howard, Alivia Bloomfield, Aimee Mitchell, Fiona Gordon (manager); front: Brooke Lilley, Mikayla O’Mahony, Payton Slis, Karlie Chevalley, Shonta Morris. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
OFF TO STATE: The Grafton 17 Years representative team, from back left: Kim Blinman (coach), Zali Webb, Maddy Anderson, Brooke Burton (coach), Lucy Howard, Alivia Bloomfield, Aimee Mitchell, Fiona Gordon (manager); front: Brooke Lilley, Mikayla O’Mahony, Payton Slis, Karlie Chevalley, Shonta Morris. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Grafton girls take on state's best across weekend

OUR Saturday competition takes a break this long weekend, but commences as usual the following week, so keep training hard.

We wish our 17s representative team all the best this weekend as they venture down to Wollongong to represent our association in the State Championships.

Our girls will play teams from all over the state over a three-day period from June 6- 8. An incredible 1277 games will be played across the weekend with more than 1100 athletes taking the courts. There will be roughly 100kgs of ice for recovery baths, metres of strapping tape for ankles, wrists and shoulders, plus litres of recovery drinks ... the list goes on!

This year our team is comprised of Maddy Anderson, Alivia Bloomfield, Karlie Chevalley, Lucy Howard, Brooke Lilley, Aimee Mitchell, Shonta Morris, Mikayla O'Mahony, Payton Slis and Zali Webb. Coaches Brooke Burton and Kim Blinman, manager Fiona Gordon and executive members Cathy Walls, Tammy Thompson and Debbie Morris will accompany the team, helping to aid our girls and wish them luck throughout the weekend.

We extend a huge congratulations to Maddy Ellem for receiving her C Badge umpiring qualification last Saturday. We also thank Maddy, Emersyn Burton and Caitlin Roberts for umpiring at the rep carnival in Maclean on Sunday. These girls did a fantastic job supporting our association. Our next junior carnival is in Ballina on June 14, which is the last before our girls head down to State Age at the end of June.

World champion netballer Susan Pratley will conduct a netball clinic at Grafton on Saturday, July 4.

Pratley has been conducting clinics in regional centres across NSW for the past 10 years. She has coached the skills of netball to more than 9000 children.

The SP Netball Clinics are designed to develop the skills of young girls and boys with an emphasis on having fun, encouraging kids to have a go, inspiring them to work hard and to believe their dream of playing for Australia can become a reality.

This clinic will be conducted in two separate sessions. The 9-11am clinic will be open for ages 6 to 10, while the 11.15am- 1.15pm clinic will be for kids aged 11 and up.

If you are interested in participating in this worthwhile program, please visit us in the control building of a Saturday in order to register. The payment of $40 per child is required at time of registration due to limited spots available, so be sure to get in fast.



Bystanders rescue man trapped in car

Bystanders rescue man trapped in car

'It was pretty incredible to see everyone help out like that'

New festival to put Clarence Valley on the map

New festival to put Clarence Valley on the map

Not just about middle-aged men in lycra

Get out the doona, the rains are here

Get out the doona, the rains are here

We're staring down the barrel of rain, rain, rain.

Local Partners