Early clashes set standard
IT may be early days but Lismore Netball Association officials are already eyeing a season to remember.
Players took to the Marie Mackney Courts on Saturday for more hard-fought action as preprations continue for the 2013 campaign.
The event was the second of three grading days before A-grade teams are decided for the assocation's forthcoming competition.
Association secretary Dianne Donovan said she was impressed with the talent levels on show.
"The girls are showing some great skills," Donovan said.
"With the talent base we have got it is going to be a hard-fought competition this year.
"I don't think there is going to be much to choose from in the different divisions because there are some good players across the board.
"It is great to see."
The third and final grading day will be held next Saturday before team line-ups for this season are confirmed.
The grading matches are part of a busy period for players in the association's various age groups with trials for the State League side to take place this week.
Several of the association's young players will join counterparts from Ballina and Casino at the Grafton carnival next weekend.
Teams from across northern New South Wales will participate in the event, the first of a handful of similar events to be staged over the coming months.