Not even rainy weather could dampen the spirits of thousands of young netballers, who travelled from all over Queensland to hit the courts in Townsville for this year’s State Age Carnival.
Over 155 teams from as far away as Port Douglas and Tweed competed in the three day championship.
For the Jimboomba Netball Association’s 13 years players it was their first tournament and the first time travelling away from home and President Theresa Groves said the girls embraced the true spirit of the State Age Carnival.
“They had an absolutely fantastic time, dancing and singing and really getting into the spirit of the carnival, they loved it and had a wonderful weekend,” Groves said.
Taking out the 13 years division three competition Groves said the girls were also focused on playing netball.
“They only lost only one game all weekend and formed a lot of friendships up there,” Groves said.
“It is different to a local carnival, which I think brought them together as team and helped them win,” she said.
Groves said Jimboomba Netball Association had a successful tournament not only winning the 13 years age group but took out the top level competition-18 years division one.
“Our 18’s have ben together for a few years now and have been really determined to take the tournament out,” Groves said.
The girls were so happy to win and one of our girls plays in the MQSNL for the Logan Wild Cats, Allie Waugh, she is one of our future stars,” she said.
After 1079 games of netball the successful carnival was afforded high praise, with Groves commending the host association.
“Townsville was a great venue and everyone we spoke to said how well set out it was and the association did a great job,” Groves said.
“We were taking a good look at the shade, the pathways to take away ideas, it would have to be one of the best around,” she said.
The State Age Carnival determines the best team in each age group from across the state and is the pinnacle under age carnival in Queensland.
Netball Queensland Competitions Coordinator Nikita Hellmuth said the standard of play was high and a lot of fun was had.
“We had 155 teams from all over the state and the feedback from all clubs, players, volunteers, umpires and spectators was just great,” Hellmuth said.
“Townsville has some great facilities and Townsville City Netball went above and beyond to host this year’s State Age making sure everyone enjoyed themselves,” she said.
“We saw some great netball being played across the weekend and all of the young players in each age group loved being out on the court playing the sport they love despite the trying weather conditions,” Hellmuth said.
Check out all the official 2014 State Age Carnival action photos from Reflex Photography.
|13 Years Division 3||Jimboomba||Bundaberg|
|13 Years Division 2||Underwood Park||Mackay(on a count back with Rockhampton)|
|13 Years Division 1||Sunshine Coast||Downey Park|
|14 Years Division 3||Logan City(count back)||Tweed|
|14 Years Division 2||Underwood Park(count back)||Caboolture|
|14 Years Division 1||Western District||Highfields & District|
|15 Years Division 2||Redlands||Rockhampton|
|15 Years Division 1||Downey Park||Sunshine Coast(on a count back with Shailer Park)|
|16 Years Division 3||QLD Catholic||Toowoomba(on a count back with Maranoa)|
|16 Years Division 2||Underwood Park||Coolum & District(on a count back with Redlands)|
|16 Years Division 1||Downey Park||Pine Rivers|
|18 Years Division 1||Jimboomba||Pine Rivers|
|City Goal Average||Downey Park – 15 Years Division 1 (271%)|
|Country Goal Average||Logan City – 14 Years Division 3 (296%)|