Lower netball teams ready to go
THIS morning 35 of Lower Clarence Netball Association's finest young netballers accompanied by 13 officials head to Sydney to compete against some of the best teams in the country.
The Netball NSW State Age Championship is one of the largest female sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere, with players competing in four age divisions from 12 years to 15 years.
The competition is so large it has to be hosted across several associations and locations around Sydney.
This year, Lower Clarence Netball Association has entered a team in each age group. The 12s and 15s are in Division 4 and will play at Hawkesbury Association. The 13ss and 14s are in Division 3 and will compete at Penrith Association. All teams will play 21 games across three days in a round robin to decide the winner of each division.
In the lead up to State Age, the girls have been training weekly at the LCNA home courts in Maclean on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and also competing and gaining valuable experience at regional carnivals. This year has seen us travel to Casino, Ballina, Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Brunswick-Byron, Grafton and also hosting our own carnival at LCNA courts in May.
Getting the girls to Sydney is not a cheap exercise. With a budget set at $690 per player, the girls along with their families have spent much of the season raising funds and seeking sponsorship. Fundraising activities included selling chocolates, raffle tickets, weekly BBQ's and a very successful Pitch Perfect 2 movie night.
This has required a lot of support and sponsorship aided by local businesses and the association would like to show its appreciation for the trip would not be possible without their generous contributions and support.
LCNA Representative sponsors include East Coast Restoration, Duncan Carpet Cleaning, Wards Buses, Iluka Hot Bread Shop, Yamba and Maclean Physiotherapy, Dunes Café, Bean Scene, Botero Coffee, Home Hardware Maclean, Bi-Rite Yamba, Yamba Bowling Club, T's Hair, Maclean, Maclean Medical Centre, Ben Campbell Building Group, B&B Plumbing, Standfords Pharmacy, Caltex Yamba, No 15 Burger Bar, Tea on the Terrace, Toyworld Maclean, Harvey Norman Maclean, Adrenalin Sports, Hamilton Simmons and Co Accountants, Colours on the Clarence, Clarence River Fishermans Co-op, Yamba Cinemas, Harwood Hotel.
We would also like the thank the coaches and team managers who have been there every step of the way, training the girls, assisting with fundraising and sponsorship and dedicating their time to make sure all players are fit and ready for this weekend.
It would be amiss not to mention the extensive time and effort that has been donated by our LCNA Representative co-ordinator Liz Sumner and president Shelly White who have made all this possible with their tireless efforts. You have made the Lower Clarence Netball Association proud and this weekend there is no doubt the girls will show you just how valuable your efforts have been.