Ballina back in the game for rep netball

BALLINA is now back into the rep netball game.

It's been three long years since Ballina Netball hosted a regional carnival.

However, thanks to Ballina Shire Council's funding commitment to carry out urgent repairs to resurface the six Owen Street courts a few months ago, Ballina Netball is back on the map.

This Sunday, there will be representatives from Brunswick Byron, Casino, Grafton, Hinterland, Lismore, Lower Clarence, South Coast, Southport Carrara and Tweed associations descending on the area to participate in the much-anticipated Ballina Rep Carnival which will be opened by Ballina Mayor, David Wright.

"Being just two weeks out from the 2015 Netball NSW State Age Championships this weekend will provide the perfect opportunity for teams to fine-tune their competition preparations before heading to Sydney on 27 June," said Ballina Netball President, Kath Ellis.

After its inaugural competition at Moore Park (Sydney) in 1968 with 10 associations representing in five age groups, today the Netball NSW State Age Championships include four divisions of competition in each age group and has morphed into one of the largest female sporting events in the Southern Hemisphere.

"We are incredibly grateful to council for their continued support and commitment in assisting us to grow the sport of netball not only within our own community, but the region," Ellis said.

The Ballina Rep Carnival will commence with the opening by Mayor, David Wright at 8.15am and the first round of competition from 8.30am. Matches will be played throughout the day, concluding at approx. 3.30pm with spectators and supporters not only welcome, but encouraged.



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