Vikings hit training court for big 2009

LAST weekend the centre was booked out with netball on Saturday with the North Coast Academy of Sport hosting its training here, while at the same time the Grafton Netball Association held representative team trials.

This Saturday the NSW Basketball Association will conduct a referees action day for all referees who be officiating in the State League programme, as well as the under-16 and under-18 program for the junior leagues.

This is for referees who are of a higher standard and will include a fitness test for all referees. If they don't pass their fitness test it will have to be redone before they referee. This course will bring referees from all over the region to Grafton.

Basketball

THE local representative teams are now in full training and the State League men and women look reasonably strong. The women have surprised with 12 at training last week and some of them look like they can play.

The men's numbers have been down, but they look very strong at this stage with a few more to come in. They will have a stronger seven players than last year and barring injury should go one step better than last year.

The youth men's team will lack in height and will not be able to control the rebounds, but will be very fast and could surprise a few teams.

The junior teams are also now in full training and it is very pleasing to see so many under-12s at training, some of whom are showing a lot of potential.

Some of the other teams are short on numbers and all teams need a few more players.

It's not expected that Grafton will field an under-18 women's team this year.

The local competition is played on a Monday night from 5.45pm in A and B men, and A, B and C grade women.

Some of the teams are a little short and could use a few more players.

If you have a team wishing to nominate please contact the complex.

The primary school competition is also played on Monday from 4pm. Many more players can be accommodated in this competition, so just turn up on Monday to be put into a team. The association is looking to start an under-16 and under-14 competition, also on a Monday from 5pm. Any person interested in this should be at the complex next Monday at 4.45pm so that teams can be organised.

Netball

THE indoor netball competition needs more teams at this stage. Currently there are only six teams playing and the complex can fit in at least another six teams. Costs are $40 per team per game with the complex picking up the insurance fees. Netball is played on Tuesday night from 6pm. If you don't have a team, just come along and a team will be found for you to play in.

Unisex netball now has three teams nominated and it just needs one more team to start the competition on a Tuesday night. Teams are required to have two males on the court at all times. The costs are the same as for women's netball.

Multi sports

THE complex is still looking for teams to play multi sports. It will be played on Wednesday night at 6pm. Multi sports is a combination of all sports played at the complex. You will play a different sport each week, including basketball, netball, volleyball, futsal and badminton. Contact the complex for further detai1s if you are interested.



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