Townsville to welcome thousands for Suzuki Challenge Carnival

Townsville will welcome 114 junior netball teams and more than 1200 players from across Queensland for the Suzuki Challenge Carnival at Townsville Netball Association from Saturday 17 to Monday 19 September 2016.

More than 3000 people are expected per day at the bumper event, where teams from under 12 to 16 will do battle in a round robin tournament to be crowned Challenge champions.

Netball Queensland Competitons Officer Adam De’Ath said with Challenge to be merged into an expanded five-day Suzuki State Age Championship in 2017, extra bragging rights would be up for grabs.

“Suzuki Challenge Carnival is one of the biggest events on Queensland’s netball calendar,” Mr De’Ath said.

“It provides the first taste of representative netball for our under 12s and plays a significant role in shaping their development.

“With this being the final Challenge, winning teams will take some extra pride from the fact the title will be theirs to keep forever. It’s a chance to make history.”

A bevy of activations will take place across the three days, with Diamonds star Kim Ravaillion to visit the Samsung tent between 10.30am and 12.30pm to sign autographs.

 Mr De’Ath encouraged locals to get down and enjoy the entertainment and exciting match play on offer.

“Each match will be played over two 15 minute halves, which will make for an exciting spectacle compared to the two 10 minute halves played at the Suzuki State Age Championship this year,” he said.

“It will be great entertainment and we look forward to seeing plenty of smiling faces at Townsville Netball Association over the coming days.”

Suzuki Challenge Carnival runs from 8am to 6pm on Saturday, 8.30am to 5pm on Sunday and 8.30am to 1pm on Monday.