Netballers ready for action
INDOOR Netball season about to get underway, with the first indoor competition of the year set to start next week.
Chinchilla Indoor Netball Association president Cara-Lea Vermeij said this year marks the return of the mixed competition, after reduced numbers meant they couldn't hold it last year.
"There has been a bit more interest in the womens, we, last year we bowed out we didn't actually have any mixed teams, I believe that might have been just due to fly-in fly-out different kind of people... but this year we've got six teams going ahead and we play on a Thursday evening so we've got the indoor court that's, obviously if it rains, rain, hail, shine, there we are.”
Vermeij said the mixed competition will start on Monday, while the women's competition will start on Thursday.
"This is virtually just a relatively social game, we've found that it's getting a lot of women that are kind of scared to go into the outdoor comp, the outdoor comp's probably a little more competitive whereas the indoor is, we've found it very welcoming,” she said.
"You can either come as a whole team or you can come as a singular player, I've had a few ladies call already and I've made one team out of the ladies that've called and we've just put them all together... my team started out as no-one knowing each other and we've played together for three years now.
"So we're getting a lot of different ladies who haven't played a lot of the time for 15 years and they're starting to come back and just have a run, so the teams play each other and it's virtually just, in Chinchilla, Thursday night, have a bit of a run around, everyone has their own teams and we just play one by one.”
And there are some exciting plans on the horizon for the Indoor Netball Association this year as well.
Vermeij said the club is looking to update the ageing facilities.
"We only have the one court, that tends to be a bit of a downer sometimes so we've got to pump through the games relatively quickly over an evening but it was getting a bit dusty and run-down so this year we're looking to, looking for funding from the council and so forth just to keep the place up to date, so it's not looking old and shabby and we're... keen to have an area for people to be comfortable and feel good in,” she said.
"We thought 'why not' (apply for a grant) we can try and make this place a lot better.”
Vermeij said another new development this year was a potential change to the minimum player age.
"In the past it's been 14 and a half was the youngest age we could play, cause it was virtually just men or ladies, we don't have a children's comp,” Vermeij said.
"But we are, we have found we've got a lot of taller, very advanced netballers that want to play that are of younger age so we're going to see how far we can actually bring that down because being a teenage school level it can only help their skills by being with the older people that have already gone through that kind of stuff.”
For more information or to sign upfor the competition, visit the Chinchilla Indoor Netball Association Facebook page.