Netball: boys to compete in Association Championships for the first time


Rosemairy Ovenden, Jenni Stawell, shooting for goal Maddie Wood, Liz Booth and Brittany Whitehead. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483192
Rosemairy Ovenden, Jenni Stawell, shooting for goal Maddie Wood, Liz Booth and Brittany Whitehead. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d483192

BOYS will compete in the Association Championships for the first time at Matthews Netball Centre over the June long weekend.

There will be 14-and-under and 18-and-under boys divisions as well as Masters teams for the first year.

Eight teams from Singapore and seven in the No Limits competition for players with an intellectual disability will be among the 270 teams and 6500 players who will compete from June 2-4 in the competition co-ordinated by Netball WA and hosted by Perth Netball Association (PNA).

Netball WA Community Netball general manager Liz Booth said more than 200 people would volunteer for Netball WA and PNA over the weekend on top of the volunteers that co-ordinated each team.

“There’s a coach, manager and an umpire for each of the 270 teams,” she said.

“Without dedicated volunteers, our sport would not be able to run and provide positive experiences and pathways for its participants.

“In order to achieve Netball WA’s purpose of advancing netball advancing communities we need to acknowledge the selfless service our volunteers provide for our great game.”

PNA president Jenni Stawell said its volunteers would help prepare toasted sandwiches, cut oranges and make hundreds of cups of coffee during the championships, which has run annually since the 1950s.

The Association Championships opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Perth Arena before West Coast Fever take on the Giants.

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