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Netball in Quirindi

By Jessica Slade

Netball is a fantastic sport! It’s the highest participation sport for girls and women across Australia, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities as well as being a highly competitive and skilful sport played by some of Australia’s best athletes. Netball in New South Wales is going from strength to strength. The NSW Swifts have just secured an ANZ Championship finals berth after an awesome 12-point win against Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Sunday. The Swifts were also victorious against Adelaide Thunderbirds in the previous round, with a massive crowd of over 10,000 fans cheering them to victory. This kind of record attendance and participation is such great news for the future of netball and women’s sport all over Australia. Swifts captain Kimberlee Green has just been chosen as an ambassador for the new Australia Post One Netball Community Program, which aims to expand the game into new areas including remote regions and country towns like Quirindi, and to encourage players and families to stay involved in netball long term.

Ray White Quirindi has entered a team in the local Quirindi Netball Association Open comp – the Ray White Stingers – with our admin stars Melanie Mumberson and Sam Green representing the Ray White office on the court. The girls have just had a fantastic 39-10 win against Quirindi Pharmacy in Round 3, and are hoping to keep that form up for the rest of the season! The next game is on May 31st at 12:45pm against Terminus. The Ray White team is made up of eleven ladies aged 13 and up. The young ones give the adults a good run for their money every week, including Sam’s daughter Maddy who’s received the Encouragement Award two weeks in a row – well done Maddy!

Quirindi Netball welcomes players from age 5 and up, with Little Nettas and Juniors divisions as well as the Open division. All fixtures are played on Saturday afternoons at the netball courts on Rose Street, with Nettas and Juniors skills workshops starting at 11am each week before the games. The regular season wraps up on August 16th, followed by semis and finals on August 23rd and 30th and the Grand Final on September 6th.

The club also has an umpiring squad which is supplemented by players from the rotating roster of teams. This gives players a great chance to have a go at umpiring in a social competition – a skill you can keep using long after your playing days are done. The club has run a couple of free Saturday morning courses for budding umpires. Families and other volunteers are also involved in running the club, organising rep teams for carnivals, selling raffle tickets and manning the canteen – including baking some delicious goodies! If you’d like to play, volunteer or get the kids involved in netball, call Kim on 0425 350 457 or email, and be sure to keep up to date with Quirindi Netball and Ray White Quirindi on Facebook.

Netball is just one of the fantastic local clubs operating in our community. It’s easy to get involved in Quirindi life, with heaps of opportunities to meet new people and have fun while staying active. If you’re thinking of buying, renting or selling property in the Quirindi area, pop in to the Ray White Rural office on George Street and meet our friendly team, or give us a call on (02) 6746 1270.

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