ATTEMPTED BLOCK: Grafton’s Kirby Danvers (left) and Lower Clarence player Maddy Anderson during the Grafton rep netball carnival on Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
ATTEMPTED BLOCK: Grafton’s Kirby Danvers (left) and Lower Clarence player Maddy Anderson during the Grafton rep netball carnival on Sunday. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Wet courts, but the show goes on

WET courts failed to slip up the region's best junior netballers on Sunday when 30 teams from nine associations competed in the under-12, 13, 14 and 15 age groups at the Grafton Netball Carnival.

Teams from as far north as Brunswick Heads-Byron, west to Inverell and south to Hastings Valley descended on Grafton for the day.

Torrential rain caused a 45-minute delay midway through the third round.

Importantly, play resumed for what turned out to be "a beautiful afternoon".

"These rep carnivals are a good chance for coaches to try different combinations in preparation for state competitions," Grafton Netball secretary Fiona Gordon said.

"Grafton hosted the first one, there is one at Mullumbimby on May 4 and the Lower Clarence is on May 25."

All four age groups will contest the state championships at Campbelltown and Wollongong from June 28 to 30.

The Grafton under-17s also filled a vacancy in the under-15s to gain valuable match practice for state championships to be held at Campbelltown and Camden from June 7 to 9.

A product of Grafton Netball, Sarah Kitcher is currently in Melbourne representing NSW at the Australian Under-19 Championships.

NSW is sitting mid-table after defeating Tasmania 36-20 yesterday.



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