More netball to PLAY!

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Credit: Cairns Netball Association

Trophies and medals have been handed out to winners and participants.

Flowers and keepsakes presented to coaches and managers, but there’s still so much more netball to be played in Queensland.

After 28 weeks of club netball competition across Queensland, from Kingaroy to Coolangatta, Ipswich to Ingham, over 30 000 junior and senior netball players will now hang up their uniforms for another year.

But for some Netball Queensland Associations there’s just a little more to go.

In Cairns, the finals twilight series gets underway this week with the 11 years and under through to the seniors on Wednesday night and the Opens on Friday.

For the first time every one of the 14 clubs that competes at the Cairns Netball Association will be represented in a final.

Cairns Netball operations manager Kym McPhee-Smith says it’s a testament to the strength of the clubs in the area.

“It’s great, we have a real mix of finals teams and it means that all clubs will have a presence,” McPhee-Smith said.

“We don’t play up here on the weekends, it’s just too hot. Even in the middle of winter the humidity is just ridiculous so the finals will also be played under lights,” she said.

“In division one on Friday night, it will be a repeat of last year’s grand final with the Leprechauns last year defeating the Cairns Saints, so the Saints will be looking to change that,” she said.

Further south for the sixth consecutive year Townsville City Netball Association turned the finals weekend just gone into a netball carnival with rides, fairy floss, jumping castle and stalls as well as the celebratory trophy presentations.

It was a similar atmosphere at Jimboomba Netball Association with all the fun of the fair capping off some fantastic netball competition.

The final whistle may be about to sound on club netball for 2014, with most of the 82 Associations completing grand finals in all ages and in all divisions, but in a nod to that well known cliché, wait there’s more.

The Mt Franklin Challenge wraps up this Friday night, while October sees the culmination of the best in schoolgirl netball with the Vicki Wilson Cup and the Mission Foods Primary Schools Cup.

Netball Queensland Sport, Participation and Development Manager Tahnee Norris said many players, who participated for their club will now finish off the year representing their school.

“There are 16 schools from all over Queensland which have made it to the finals series and will come to Brisbane next month to determine the best high school team in the state in the Vicki Wilson Cup,” Norris said.

“We also have 76 teams again from across the state, which will compete in the Mission Foods Primary Schools Cup and this weekend we will see some exciting netball being played in the Mt Franklin Challenge,” she said.

“So still some great netball to be played out in the next few weeks yet.”